'It's like slavery': African dad shares controversial ideas on lobola

'It's like slavery': African dad shares controversial ideas on lobola

The principle of the traditional act of lobola is one that more and more people are feeling uneasy with. One father spoke out and called compared it to slavery - the trade of human beings.

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Taking to Parent24, a father has expressed his feelings and opinion on lobola - he does not approve.

Paidamoyo Gerald Manomano is taking a stand on the traditional act that allows men to purchase the woman they want, sometimes even more than once.

Paidamoyo's family followed tradition: his grandfather paid lobola for two wives, his father for three.

He himself, though, isn't comfortable with the idea anymore. In fact, he compared the whole thing to slavery or any other violation subjected upon our fellow human beings.

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Paidamoyo hopes to one day reject lobola for his daughter, and convince her future husband to use the money and invest in their futures instead.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Paidamoyo will still love his son if he has to pay lobola, but he would not be part of the proceedings.

According to this father, it's only men who would suffer if lobola is no longer practised as they are the only ones benefiting from it.

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With South Africans trying to move on with modern times, will age-old traditions like lobola really be left behind?

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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