Polyandry on Carte Blanche this Sunday
Polyandry - Will SA Women Soon Be Able to Marry More Than 1 Man? Watch Carte Blanche this Sunday

“The idea of a woman marrying more than one man has been the subject of heated debates over the last few weeks (in South Africa),” says Carte Blanche presenter Claire Mawisa. There have also been memes and video jokes posted with many men finding the idea “preposterous” and women joking that who would want to take care of more than one man. Serious concerns have also been raised about increased domestic abuse from jealous fellow-husbands.

Easier Wed than Done

The South African Cabinet has agreed to the publication of the Green Paper on Marriages in South Africa for public consultation. In it, a Single Marriage Bill is proposed that will seek to align South Africa’s complex marriage regime with the constitutional principles of equality, non-discrimination, dignity, as well as cultural and religious freedom. This would allow for the legal recognition of Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Rastafarian marriages, amongst others.

In the spirit of absolute gender equality, the new legislation would open the way for women to legally marry more than one husband. The suggestion that polyandry might be legalised has been met with offence and outrage from several quarters.

Some are outraged by the outrage, since it’s already legal in South Africa for men to marry more than one wife (with Jacob Zuma having had around six wives when he was President of the country). So why not the other way around?


While the final legislation will look quite different post the public consultation process which closes on 30 June, Carte Blanche investigates what the draft says about the evolution of South African society. (Producer: Eugene Botha | Presenter: Claire Mawisa)

The Department of Home Affairs says: “This is the beginning of a crucial public discourse that will re-define the concept of marriage in South Africa. The process will unearth issues that may make some of us uncomfortable, but will encourage dialogue within the South African and international communities.”

The controversy “has brought into focus the purpose of the green paper as well as the current legislation around marriages in South Africa. It has also highlighted that not all marriages are not recognised by the law,” says Claire.

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Also on Carte Blanche this Sunday 30 May 2021

NEWS & ANALYSIS

Let’s Talk About Cuba

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The Cuba-South Africa relationship goes back to the late 1990s when it was decided to exchange technical skills and training as a tangible expression of the South African government’s commitment to supporting an ideological ally. The bilateral agreement has seen South African students study medicine in Havana and Cuban doctors deployed in various South African government hospitals, while military mechanics have been helping to maintain military equipment for the SANDF. The cooperation has come at a great cost to the South African taxpayer. Recently, the Department of Water and Sanitation’s latest importation of 24 Cuban engineers to assist in urgent maintenance of municipal infrastructure in far-flung rural provinces has spurred legal action to try and stop the move. Carte Blanche investigates what’s at stake for unemployed local engineers. (Producer: Stenette Grosskopf | Presenter: Derek Watts)

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Magashule v. Ramaphosa: Lines Drawn

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The battle for the soul of the ANC deepens as its suspended Secretary-General Ace Magashule warns the crisis in the governing party could shake the country. Carte Blanche examines Magashule’s game plan as he files papers in the High Court in Johannesburg to get the step-aside rule declared as “unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid”. Suspending him pending the outcome of corruption charges against him in a Free State court resulted in his tit-for-tat attempt to suspend party president Cyril Ramaphosa. To date, he’s scoffed at the party’s instruction to apologise in writing. As the match extends into extra time, and the party investigates the option of charging Magashule with misconduct for bringing the ANC into disrepute after he ignored warnings not to comment on the step-aside process or his temporary removal from office, we tally the score. (Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Researcher: Siniketiwe Hlanze | Presenter: Bongani Bingwa)

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African Swine Fever Outbreak

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African Swine Fever is highly contagious for pigs and it’s spreading like wildfire across the country. First confirmed in the Western Cape in March, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Western Cape Agriculture Department jointly confirmed the outbreak. Carte Blanche tracks the outbreak all the way to North West where one farmer after the other suffers a devastating financial loss as both emerging and commercial farmers are being wiped out. As farmers lose millions of rands worth of livestock, we ask: what is the government doing to prevent further spread? (Producer: Liz Fish | Presenter: Masa Kekana)

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