WATCH | Ayanda Borotho weighs in on polyandry - says let's legalise more important things

25 June 2021 - 14:00 By chrizelda kekana
Actress and author Ayanda Borotho weighed in on the issue of polyandry in SA.
Actress and author Ayanda Borotho weighed in on the issue of polyandry in SA.
Image: Instagram/Ayanda Borotho

Actress and author Ayanda Borotho has offered her opinion on the heated topic of polyandry, saying she'd like the black community and particularly women in SA not to get duped into focusing on such matters.

Ayanda said she was neither for nor against polyandry ... what she wanted to know the minute the topic became of national importance, was who stood to benefit from polyandry being made legal. 

“Who does this benefit and how? For me that's the real question,” Ayanda began.

“These are my private parts and they are your private parts and I don't know why they are of national importance, but if we are talking about really levelling the field then let's talk about important things...

“So if we are talking gender equality, let's talk about legalising important things. Lets talk about legalising things like, for every male business that's funded, equally a female business is funded,” she said, before adding more examples of what should take priority over legalising polyandry.

Ayanda said the national dialogue should be on equality in the business sector or legalising policies that ensure equal opportunities in business.

“We must not fall prey to these agendas of distraction, these narratives of distraction,” said Ayanda. “Who does this help, in the bigger scheme of things? Does it help us in any way as women?  ... These are agendas that are meant to give us a false narrative of equality.”

Watch Ayanda's full video below:

Popular polygamist Musa Mseleku has again slammed the proposal for polyandry to be legally recognised as a form of marriage, saying not only is it an attack on the institution of marriage, but it will never work because it is not a well-thought-out idea.

Musa joined the TshisaLIVE podcast this week to elaborate on his opinion that making polyandry legal in SA went against who we are as spiritual beings, attacks the institution of marriage and is in essence an insult to existing African traditions, cultures and practices such as polygamy. 

“I have said I view this [the proposal to legalise polyandry] as a direct attack on the institution of marriage as a whole. I stand by that.”

Musa rose to popularity a few years ago when Mzansi Magic’s polygamy-themed reality show Uthando Nes’thembu took SA by storm. The show gave viewers a front-row seat into how Musa, his four wives (MaCele, MaYeni, MaKhumalo and MaNgwabe) and 10 children navigate life individually and as a unit within the lifestyle.

Musa broke down his view in conversation with TshisaLIVE that polyandry was a misguided attempt by activists to equalise men and women based on a fundamental misunderstanding of polyandry and the spiritual makeup of African people.