Sandisiwe Mbhele
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
8 Sep 2021
1:53 pm

Mnakwethu’s wives ‘getting younger with every episode’

Sandisiwe Mbhele

Viewers thought the young women on Mnakwethu should be more concerned about other things than marriage at their age.

The latest episode of 'Mnakwethu' disturbed several viewers. Picture: Twitter

Musa Mseleku is at the centre of attention again, not just because of his polygamous lifestyle shown on uThando Nes’thembu but his other show Mnakwethu.

Mnakwethu, on its second season, follows the quest of married men with intentions to take a second wife. The married men ask Mseleku for help to find the “courage” to introduce polygamy to their current wife.

Usually, on the show, the wives are unaware their husbands are seeing other women. They find out when confronted by Mseleku and the husband, and the scenes are often uncomfortable to watch.

In some episodes, some wives agree to a polygamous marriage but there are others who don’t. In Wednesday’s episode, viewers were taken aback by the age of Ncengwa’s, 28, girlfriend. Thabisile is 19 years old, and his wife is just a year older.

Viewers thought the young women on Mnakwethu should be more concerned about other things than marriage at their age.

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Another controversial show that puts Mseleku in the spotlight is uThando Nes’thembu’ which returns for a fifth season this month.

Mseleku joked on social media that his fifth wife can’t be a feminist but she can either be a doctor or independent.

In season four, the Mseleku wives – MaCele, MaYeni, MaKhumalo and MaNgwabe – were at an impasse over his request to get a fifth wife. Mseleku was more concerned over the dysfunctional “sisterhood” between his wives.

A lot of polygamous men’s motivation is the desire to expand their family sizes. Mseleku has repeatedly shared on his reality show that he wants over 10 children, which he currently has.

However, traditionally the man needs the approval of his first wife in order to take addtional wives. The decision is also sometimes based on family history and requests from the elders.

However a Twitter user, @NdumiSKhumalo wasn’t buying this.