South Africa’s marriage laws could in the near future allow women to marry more than one husband, just as polygamous men can have many wives.
Legalisation of polyandry is one of the wide-ranging proposals in the Green Paper on Marriages currently in the African Country.
The Department of Home Affairs published the landmark 67-page policy document this week amidst some controversy.
The department stressed in the document that it sought to create a new Marriage Act that will allow all in the country to conclude recognised, legal marriages.
A range of types of marriages in the country were not recognised; and on the other hand, marriage legislation was deemed to not promote equality.
For now it’s unclear how soon this new law will come into effect.