Musa Mseleku and his four wives. Mseleku is presenting a show, Mnakwetu, that facilitates the communication between husband and wife where the husband wants to take on a second wife. 
Picture: Irvin Pooe
Musa Mseleku and his four wives. Mseleku is presenting a show, Mnakwetu, that facilitates the communication between husband and wife where the husband wants to take on a second wife. Picture: Irvin Pooe

Concerns raised over respect for women on 'Mnakwethu'

By Se-Anne Rall Time of article published Feb 27, 2020

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Durban - Viewers of the television show Mnakwethu have expressed concern over the dignity of the wives and the protocol of the Zulu culture. This is according to Broadcasting Complaints of South Africa Registrar.

The Registrar said this week, they received complaints about the popular local reality tv show, which tackles the issue of polygamy.

Twitter users took offence to the latest episode in which they say the potential second wife disrespected the first wife. 

"The complaints concerned the dignity and privacy of the wives, in terms of our rulings the wives must personally lodge a complaint when it comes to their dignity and privacy.  Two complaints once again addressed the protocol of the Zulu culture," the BCCSA Registrar said. 

The show is hosted by Musa Mseleku who has four wives. In each episode, Mseleku meets with a husband and potential second wife and the discuss the relationship as well as the man's desire to take the woman as a second spouse.

The three then approach the man's first wife and Mseleku facilitates the conversation of a polygamous marriage. 

Many have taken exception to the show, believing that it promotes the idea of patriarchy. This week, award winning singer Simphiwe Dana has expressed her disdain for the show. She claimed the show was blatantly humiliating women and that the shows host, Musa Mseleku, was obsessed with humiliating women.

Mseleku came under fire recently after stating that women should be the ones bringing up the idea of polygamy on their husbands' behalf. However, he hit back at his detractors adding that South Africans were not open-minded. He said there were exceptional circumstances where men could take on another wife and that South Africans had become to 'Western' in their thinking. 

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