|Zuma with one of his wives|
|President Zuma dancing at one of his weddings|
In many African countries, polygamy is legally practiced, accepted and embraced. A number of heads of state openly practice polygamy.
|President Zuma with his wives|
For instance, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa (aka JZ) has been married five times and has 20 children. President Zuma considers himself a traditionalist and makes no apologies for practicing polygamy.
|Queen Nothando Dube|
Arguments for Polygamy:
There are various arguments given for this form of marital practice. They range from trying to accommodate a gender imbalance, where there are more females than males due to natural and un-natural causes, to economic benefits for the women. One recent argument that is being used as a justification by Christian religious leaders is that some of God's finest men (e.g. Moses, David, Solomon) were polygamists. These "men of God" are their role models!
In Southern Africa elders also use polygamy to warn young men that they could lose out on love if they do not behave. "In order to win a girl, you must be a good boy," said one elder. "Responsible young men become responsible husbands".
I do not see how this is an argument for polygamy, but there you have it.
The gender imbalance has been refuted as holding no water and is considered archaic.
Next segment we look at the economic argument. For the most part is makes some sense. Look out for the next posting.
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