Polyandry for women: Bill angers South African conservatives

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The issue of the parentage of children in a polygamous family is one of the main causes of anger at the current law proposal in South Africa

A bill to allow polygamy adopted by the South African government has sparked outrage in the country’s conservative circles.

The anger came as no surprise to Coles Machuco, one of the academics concerned with the issue, who told the BBC that the objection was due to a desire to “dominate” women.

“African societies are not yet ready for true equality, and we don’t know what to do with out-of-control women,” he added.

South Africa has one of the most liberal constitutions in place, which allows same-sex marriage for all citizens, both men and women, as well as polygamy for men.