Earlier this month, the home affairs department, published a new green paper on the Marriage Act. One of the gazette proposals is to recognize polyandry. This will allow a woman to marry several men at the same time. Only polygyny is legal in South Africa, which means that men may have more than one wife.
The famous businessman and polygamist Musa Mseleku has shared his views against the proposal for polyandry to be legally recognized as a form of marriage in South Africa. His opinion has sparked major debate across the country during the weekend.
In an interview on eNCA, Mseleku speaks about whether polyandry should be made legal in the country. Many Twitter users shared how Mseleku has double standards.
Some Twitter users say that the claims against polyandry are misogynistic and dependent on preserving patriarchal traditions in South Africa.
Religious and cultural organizations are concerned about the proposed marriage proposal, which requires wives to have several spouses.
The topic was extensively discussed on social media, with the hashtag #polyandry circulating on Twitter for several days.
Media personality Bonang Matheba got everyone talking with her comment on a Times Live tweet, saying: “Yes please!! I want 2 husbands.
Yes please!! I want 2 husbands.. https://t.co/S4cla4s5wm
— Bonang Matheba 👑 (@bonang_m) May 14, 2021
Here are some of the reactions to this polyandry marriage proposal.
— Bonnie Mbuli (@BonnieMbuli) May 16, 2021
South African men need to chill with this topic. We’re not entering polyandry with y’all 🙄 Do we want to be disappointed twice?? Please. pic.twitter.com/zjTcnavL47
— Lesego Tlhabi (@LesegoTlhabi) May 15, 2021
As the first husband, I felt it was my duty to get the ball rolling”. #polyandry
— Mighti Jamie. Polymathic Analyst. (@MightiJamie) May 16, 2021
And let’s throw in a conservative woman who holds the same view as the opposing men…an elderly woman who can no longer bear children, to talk to us about polyandry and child bearing! 🤣🤣🤣 Haai…we are not reading the room shem. https://t.co/zNRJK6PWAV
— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) May 17, 2021