- Mzansi Magic has defended polygamist Musa Mseleku after he was attacked on social media
- Musa is the presenter of Mzansi Magic's Mnwakwethu, a show that follows men on a mission to introduce a second wife to their current wives
- The show has been criticised for being disrespectful towards women and promoting cheating
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Mzansi Magic has fought back against critics of its show, Mnakwethu.
The show and its presenter, Musa Mseleku, have been criticised for being disrespectful to women and promoting a culture of adultery.
Another concern is that the emotions of the first wife are exploited for TV ratings.
Musa, who is a polygamist himself, helps men break the news to their first wives that they want to take a second wife.
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Viewers called for the show to be scrapped after the first few episodes as none of the men featured had a valid reason for wanting a second wife.
Mzansi Magic released a statement, on 1 March, that attempted to take the heat off of Musa.
“It is unfortunate that Musa Mseleku, our host for which airs on Channel 161 on Tuesdays, was attacked on social media on 23 February 2020. The show was not intended to bring harm to the women featured in it, the Zulu culture and most importantly its host Musa Mseleku.
“The series was designed to stimulate conversation around social issues that are dealt with in private, however, they affect the broader society. We are a platform that provides compelling content which is aimed at evoking and not provoking emotions through illustrating societal norms that reflect the dynamics that come with marriage and mistresses.”
This response from the channel is not surprising, considering that Mnakwethu is a ratings goldmine for Mzansi Magic.
In January, it was DSTV's 8th most-watched programme, pulling in an impressive 598 000 viewers for its most-watched episode.
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