Polygamy has been practiced by South African males for generations, and the matter has become a significant political problem in recent years. Polygamy is common among indigenous males, both Christians, and non-Christians.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma is a self-described polygamist. He has married five different ladies and is currently married to four of them. Among his marriages and mistresses, he is said to have fathered 20 children. Apart from Zuma, many other prominent figures are polygamists who are proud of it.
Polygamy is permitted under specific situations in South Africa. All polygamous weddings are legitimate if they are performed in line with the terms of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act. If a husband in an existing customary marriage wishes to marry a second wife, he must file a formal application with a competent court. For the polygamous marriage to be legitimate under customary law, the court examines the interests of all parties to the marriage and may add any requirements the court thinks appropriate.
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