- Popular South African polygamist, Musa Mseleku of Uthando Nes'thembu fame, recently shared his thoughts on polyandry being legalised
- According to Mseleku, polyandry is a straightforward attack on marriage - an institution that should be protected
- Many South Africans shared their interesting views on Mseleku's seemingly contradictory opinion on the matter
Musa Mseleku, a popular South African polygamist who appeared on the show Uthando Nes'thembu, recently made his stance on polyandry getting legalised in South Africa pretty clear - its a big fat no from him. According to Mseleku, who believes polygamy is a cultural thing - polyandry is an attack on marriage.
Mseleku first became popular in Mzansi after he appeared on Uthando Nes'thembu, a popular South African reality television show about polygamy, alongside his four wives and their 10 children.
“I can tell you, this is a mere, straightforward attack on the only institution that should be protected and preserved — which is marriage. I do not even understand where those activists are coming from.
"They don’t understand the fundamentals of where we (polygamists) are coming from with the institution of marriage. Polygamy does not just exist because a man has got a desire to have many wives,” said Mseleku according to a TimesLIVE article.
Social media users had this to say:
"I really don't think there is anything wrong with polyandry. We must not use culture to suppress each other. Women have always had one or more men. When our fathers left to work, they have always asked a trusted man remaining to look after his family."
"People act like culture and tradition fell from the sky... people sat down and decided it all."
"Double standards tbh. They should both be illegal. Just because something is old or 'cultural' doesn't make it morally right. Our so-called ancestors had many flops. One man for one woman and vice versa. Finish & klaar."
Briefly News earlier reported that although traditional polygamy is widely acceptable in large parts of Africa, there are different gender expectations that come into play when women express a desire to have more than one husband.
A local policy adjustment by the Departments of Home Affairs is hoping to challenges these prevalent double standards. If passed, the new marriage act could see more inclusive rights for women who choose to keep multiple husbands.
Mzansi had mixed reactions to the proposed amendment, with many celebrating the acknowledgment of women's rights in SA. Still, others felt the act only contributed to a growing GBV culture.
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Source: Briefly News