South Africa Make Legal for Women To Marry Multiple Husbands | 22 Words

South Africa has proposed making it legal for women to marry multiple husbands and of course, it's received a mixed response.

The proposal of polyandry, in which a woman has more than one husband, was put forward in a green paper published by the Department of Home Affairs.

It comes as part of a wider move to reform the Marriage Act.

As per CNN, the green paper notes "South Africa inherited a marriage regime that was based on the Calvinist Christian and Western traditions."

It also adds that the current marriage laws are "not informed by an overarching policy that is based on constitutional values and the understanding of modern society dynamics."


However, the proposal has drawn mixed opinions.

Spokesperson for South Africa's Women's Legal Centre, Charlene May, told the BBC that the proposal "sets to uphold human rights."

"It's important to remember that this [proposal] sets to uphold human rights, and we cannot lose sight of that," she said, "We cannot reject law reform because it challenges certain patriarchal views in our society."

Whereas reality star Musa Mseleku, who has 4 wives, believe the proposal "will destroy African culture."

Mseleku told the BBC: "This will destroy African culture. What about the children of those people? How will they know their identity?

"The woman cannot now take the role of the man. It's unheard of. Will the woman now pay lobola [bride price] for the man. Will the man be expected to take her surname?"

Professor Collis Machoko, an academic who has studied the topic for many years, told the BBC that opposition to the proposal is because of "control" and as "societies are not ready for true equality."

"African societies are not ready for true equality. We don't know what to do with women we cannot control," he said. "Polyandry, because it is shunned by parts of society, has been forced underground. The secrecy is similar to the one found in Freemasons."

Polygamy, where men marry multiple wives, is already legal in the country.

What do you think about the proposal?