Popular South African polygamist, Musa Mseleku has slammed the proposal for polyandry in his country, emphasizing that it’s “an attack on the institution of marriage”, and “it will never work” because it is not a well-thought idea.
This follows a proposal by the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa, to legally recognize polyandry as a form of marriage in the country.
Musa in an interview opined that making polyandry legal in South Africa goes against who they are as spiritual beings, attacks marriage, and is in essence, an insult to existing African traditions, cultures, and practices such as polygamy.
“I have said I view this as a direct attack on the institution of marriage as a whole. I stand by that.”
“There’s a reason we are seed carriers as men. One of those reasons is to make sure we build families based on values, customs, and traditions. We have to build a nation where we will have people who are going;to grow out of being raised by proper, functional families. What I see here, what is going to happen, we are going to have a rise in fragmented families who are not going to be carrying any particular form of direction in terms of raising families”.
Musa gives more reasons to reject polyandry
Musa further explained that polyandry was a misguided attempt by activists, to equalize men and women based on a deep fundamental misunderstanding of polygamy, as well as the spiritual makeup of African people.
“Women are using this card of equality wrong in this regard. Because, polygamy is not something to satisfy your physical needs. It’s not about that. It is about building families.
“Imagine one woman having four husbands. Each husband will want his own children who will bear the surname of that particular husband to grow his family. No matter how we try to say, the children will take the wife’s surname, that can’t happen because spiritually and culturally that is impossible. The seed carrier of that child is the husband. I can’t lose my birthright as a seed carrier.
“Physically, I don’t think women in their condition can be in the position to do that. Women are refusing to give birth even when they are married to one man. They say one child is okay or two. However, in this case, we will have multiple men competing to have children with this woman”.
South Africa will not survive from legalizing polyandry
He also mentioned that women who had multiple partners should continue living that way if it pleased them, but legalizing it would be an action from which SA would never be able to “come back”.
The TV star reiterated that he is convinced polyandry would never work and doubted anybody would have a counterargument strong enough to sway him.
Musa rose to popularity a few years ago when a polygamy-themed reality show, ‘Uthando Nes’thembu’, took SA by storm. The show allowed viewers to watch how Musa, his four wives (MaCele, MaYeni, MaKhumalo, and MaNgwabe), and 10 children navigate life individually and as a unit within the lifestyle.