South Africa considers allowing women to have ‘multiple husbands’ [INTERNET REACTS]

'There is a need for an overarching policy that is based on constitutional values and the understanding of modern society dynamics.'

Polygamy is the practice of men taking multiple wives; this practice is legal and is observed in some indigenous traditions. However, the idea of women having multiple husbands – polyandry – is frowned upon in all cultures and religions.

According to media reports, South Africa is considering allowing women to have multiple husbands. Sources state that the decision is being pondered upon as a move towards equality in a country that already allows men to take multiple wives. The marriage equality proposal was submitted by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs in a green paper.

Here is what the paper reads:

Reports state that South Africa entertains a marriage regime that was based on the Calvinist Christian and Western traditions. The paper states:

There is a need for an overarching policy that is based on constitutional values and the understanding of modern society dynamics.

Furthermore, the paper notes that current marriage law is flawed and allows for the marriage of minors, and does not allow people to change their sex and remain married.

What do people say about this proposal?

Human rights activists (consulted in the process of writing the file) said:

Equality demands that polyandry be legally recognized as a form of marriage.

Stating that one option could be a “gender-neutral” regime, officials suggested:

South Africa could do away with categorizing marriages along lines of race, sexual orientation, religion, and culture. That means South Africa (could) adopt a dual system of either monogamous or polygamous marriages, that would then allow for polyandry, or women taking multiple husbands, due to the “gender-neutral” requirement.

Conservatives argued that polyandry and polygamy are entirely different.

Reality TV star Musa Mseleku said:

Let us defend our culture, tradition, and customs by participating in this process. Let us object to polyandry outright.

Claiming to be “pro-equality”, Mseleku questioned how paternity would be determined under polyandrous marriages. He asked:

That child is going to belong to which family?

Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, the leader of the African Christian Democratic Party, said:

The differences between the sexes would spell disaster for such unions. Polygamy is “an accepted practice” while polyandry would fail because “men are jealous and possessive”.

Here is how netizens are reacting to the news:

As soon as the news of the proposal went viral, conservative voices sparked outrage on social media, while some spoke in favor of the proposal.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

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