Should men ask wife’s permission to give mom money, Saffas vote

Should men ask wife’s permission to give mom money, Saffas vote posed an interesting question to South African men and women recently. We wanted to know whether a man needs to consult with his wife before giving money to his mother.

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Across the world, it's fair to say that most men share a special and unique bond with their mothers.

In South Africa, the mother/ son relationship is elevated even higher due to the culture of taking care of parents when children start earning an income.

In light of this, asked our readers whether a man needs to consult with his wife before giving his mother money.

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Since sharing the post via Facebook, it's received more than 600 responses and invoked an impressive reaction.

The post and the comments can be viewed below.

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Based on the reactions, it was quite a polarising topic. Many stressed the importance of communication in a marriage, but some men felt their partners did not need to know.

Ayeza Ezzer Mandla blew people away with her considerate approach:

"My Brother gave me money to buy kids on this side without informing his wife I know he was just being reckless but I couldn't use the money because I wanted my sister in law to know first. I knew she wouldn't mind but I never want to be part of any kind of their misunderstanding cos I love their love."

Lindokuhle Mndaba said

"I don’t know if I’m understanding this a wrong way...consult doesn’t mean that A man is asking for a permission...he’s just letting a wife know that he’s sending money to his mom...that’s how marriage should work. Unless if a wife is bitter there’s no need to tell her."

MJ Moabelo Mash took a bullish approach:

"Come-on we cant debate about this, shes my mom and come first in everything."

Easedoc Seroka said,

"Wife yes, but not a girlfriend. Giving your mother money means you're taking your household budget without consulting your wife. That can complicate relationship. Your mother is your father's responsibility. Take care of your kids and your wife to avoid complications."

Previously, reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has stood by her decision to reopen schools for Grade 7 and 12 students on June 1. asked readers to weigh in on the call, questioning whether or not they felt it was the right move for SA amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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