- South Africans are divided over the proposed amendment to the marriage act
- The amendment, if successfully introduced, would allow for the practice of polyandry which would allow a woman to have more than one answer
- Social media users had the hashtag #polyandry trending as they debated over the proposed amendment
A proposed amendment to the marriage act would allot for polyandry, the practice of a woman having more than one husband, essentially the female version of polygamy.
The proposed amendment has divided Mzansi with some people being violently opposed to the idea of polyandry while others don't see anything wrong with it at all.
Briefly News had a look at what social media users had to say about the situation after the hashtag #polyandry trended over the weekend.
"The very idea of #polyandry is giving a lot of men minor heart attacks. I'm here for it."
"I am ready to get married by a rich woman who is married to a rich man, we will dress like twins le grootman♂️♂️#polyandry"
"#polyandry I will teach my daughters not to practice this, and I will teach my sons to stick to one woman at a time... I believe in sharing food, not partners."
"Imagine the 1st wife of 4, taking 2 other husbands! Legalise this, I wanna see drama!"
"Polygamists are hypocrites, they want to have multiple wives but they don't want women to practice #polyandry.
Women must have the freedom to do what they want, it's their bodies."
Earlier, Briefly News reported that Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Mazzone is making headlines this week after criticising Al Jama-ah party leader Ganief Hendricks for his controversial comments about polyandrous marriage.
In the wake of the government's decision to allow women with multiple husbands equal rights under the law, Hendricks expressed passionate disapproval of the move. The party leader called polyandry 'un-African' and questioned what the new law would mean for paternity testing:
“I am very concerned by the provision in the green paper of the Marriage Act where women are allowed to take more than one husband. You can imagine when a child is born, more DNA tests will be needed to discover who the father is. The problem is only going to get worse,” he said.
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Source: Briefly News