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Mnakwethu’s revenues for the second season local entertainment channel on M-Net.

Mnakwethu' returns
Mnakwethu' returns

Key Sentence:

  • The controversial reality TV show “Mnakwethu” is back screen for the second season.
  • The show will continue to explore the concept of polygamy as married men present their wishes for a second wife.

Although polygamy still raises questions and is often viewed as primitive and sexist, it is a centuries-old practice that continues to thrive on the African continent and worldwide.

“This event will allow our viewers to participate in a public debate that will allow them to express the different points of view highlighted by this reality series,” said Nomsa Filiso, director of a local entertainment channel on M-Net.

As a man in a polygamous marriage, Mseleku shares firsthand the ups and downs of polygamous marriage. Mseleku would ask the man and allow himself to ask why he wanted another woman and if he could afford to support multiple families financially.

In addition, his emotional and sexual abilities to run another household, as well as the current level of stability between him and his wife, unfold before anyone new is introduced to the family dynamic. Last month, Mseleku was wooed by social media users for his anti-polyandry views.

The issue of legalizing polyandry (more than one partner) in South Africa has recently sparked a heated debate on social media and in parliament. The legalization of polyandry was one of several broad proposals in the Home Ministry’s Green Paper, which has since sought public comment.

While some are for it, others are obsolete. One person against the suggestion is Mseleku. Musa was invited to an eNCA interview to express his views on whether polyandry should become legal in South Africa. Video of the show with Musa and cultural activist Nokuzola Mndende, who made the suggestion, went viral.

The star of the reality show “Uthando Nes’thembu” expressed his opinion that polygamy was born from culture and rooted in long-standing traditions. He said he believed polyandry was a bogus attempt by activists to balance men and women. He also called polyandry an attack on the institution of marriage.

“This is just a direct attack on the only institution that needs to be protected and preserved – marriage. I don’t even understand where these activists are coming from… Maybe they are driven by so many attempts to portray certain things as equality until they know the basics of where we (polygamy) come from with the institution of marriage.

“Polygamy doesn’t just exist because a man wants many women,” said Musa. The businessman from Durban rose to prominence in 2018 when Mzansi Magic’s polygamous subject “Uthando Nes’thembu” appeared on screens in South Africa.

The reality show gave viewers a front-row view of how Musa, his four wives (MaCele, MaYeni, MaKhumalo, and MaNgwabe), and ten children orient themselves in life individually and as a single lifestyle.

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