- Actress Molobane Mbatha, from the iKhaya drama series, recently shared her views on Polygamy
- Despite playing a woman in a polygamous marriage on the popular drama, Mbatha said she would never have wanted such a relationship in real life
- She added she felt it was unfair to a man's first wife that she had to suddenly share her husband
Molobane Mbatha portrays a woman in a polygamous marriage on iKhaya, but the former Skeem Saam star said she would not want such a relationship in real life.
Mbatha plays the role of Raisibe, a woman whose husband secretly married a second wife. The former Rhythm City star said she used the real-life experiences of people she knew to get into character for her role as Raisibe.
She said she looked to her elders, who had been in polygamous relationships, and even some of her family members.
Mbatha told TshisaLIVE she had to reflect on the experiences and emotions they felt, which ultimately helped her tap into the role.
"It wasn't very challenging, it was like someone I knew already and it was a fun role to play.", she added about her experience portraying Raisibe.
However, Briefly.co.za gathered despite having such a 'fun' time with the role, Mbatha said she would never adopt the polygamous lifestyle.
She added she felt it was unfair to a man's first wife, who suddenly had to share the time she had with her husband with another person.
"Often a wife is not even consulted or told about the second wife. It just happens. Often women have a sense that it is happening and that is a hard position to be in if that is not what you have agreed to.", she added about her view on polygamy.
iKhaya is not the first shows to shed light on polygamy, and Mbatha believes the fascination with the lifestyle forced viewers to think about how they would react in the situation.
"How would you cope? How do men and women in those situations cope? How is their life different to ours? Those are the questions we all end up asking ourselves".
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