Concerns raised over respect for women on 'Mnakwethu'
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.
#WeKeptQuietAsACountry when this guy from #Mnakwetu allowed a girlfriend disrespect his wife in his presence 😣 can someone locate this girl for me , I just wana talk to her. pic.twitter.com/xDv822wA5U— ♥️Nikitah❤ (@thee_main_quest) February 27, 2020
"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.
#Mnakwetu @Mzansimagic Women are disrespected and emotionally abused through this show. One can easily say, why not leave when not in agreement, You surely don't understand the power cameras and respect Women have been taught to uphold for their Husbands can do. Do this correctly— Mamanese Mathule (@MamaneseM) February 27, 2020
Ladies. just do better for yourselves coz haii haii our partners have belittled us to the lowest part of life itself.— Amo Setshedi (@ArtSetshedi) February 26, 2020
Teach village girls that a man is not the greatest achievement too. They come here seeking men not jobs and settle for bare minimum.
Its sad #Mnakwetu
So Musa accompanies the gents just to intimidate the women into thinking its a request and not a choice. This show is sickening #Mnakwetu— Jiggy (@honestlyspikin) February 26, 2020
This #Mnakwetu show does not represent any tradition only unfaithful man wants to be on TV.— Thandikosi R.Msweli (@Nkomiyageza) February 26, 2020
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.