Much to do about saying ‘I do’ to more than one bride

Big Boy Khawula of Gamalakhe said polygamy was a complex issue. However, it promotes transparency and honesty and would enable more children to be raised by stable families rather than out of wedlock.

A LOCAL reality show has created a buzz over social media about the reality of polygamous marriages.

Things got a little heated as men and women exchanged their views on polygamous relationships and tradition based on viewer ‘sneak previews’ even before the show started.

Shelly Beach residents (from left) Bathabile Mthembu, Thabile Mlaba and Nomkhosi Cele said there is nothing wrong with polygamy, but it goes against their beliefs as women who want to be cherished and appreciated by their partners in a special manner.

Although some were against polygamy, most were keen to watch the show, Uthando ne Sthembu which will première on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 tonight (Thursday) at 8pm.

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The show follows a local polygamous family from Mthwalume, and features businessman Musa Mseleku and his four wives navigating a their relationships, their family dynamic, staying true to tradition in a modern world and the sisterhood of the wives.

Vincent Bulala from Port Edward said polygamous marriages were a ‘no’ to him because the Bible says a man should have only one wife. However he respected other people’s beliefs.

The Herald took to the streets and asked the public what they thought of polygamous marriages.

Most men interviewed said they were for the practice as it would mean more children would grow up in a family.

Women on the other hand said they would rather pack up and leave.

Nokuthula Tyiso from Mthwalume said there was no way she would be involved in a polygamous marriage. “I would rather leave my husband,” she said.


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