Yvonne Chaka Chaka: I won't be No 2 wife

2012-12-12 07:20
United Nations - South African pop legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka declared on Tuesday that she would not let her husband have a second wife and warned he would have to go if he tried.

The star known as the "Princess of Africa" made the warning as she appeared at the UN headquarters with Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin and UN leader Ban Ki-moon to demand that governments respect gay rights.

Chaka Chaka, who has had a stellar two-decade career starring in shows around the world and with hits such as I'm Burning Up, told reporters how her husband, Mandlalele Mhinga, is a prince of the Shangaan tribe.

'A huge problem'

"My husband is allowed to have three or four wives, but I would not let him. If he wants to go and marry someone else, let him go. He can do that."

Chaka Chaka said women had to be allowed to choose if they want to be in a customary marriage and gays and lesbians had to be left to choose their identity.

"You choose where you want to go and that needs to be respected," she said. "When I am being forced to be the second wife, that becomes a huge problem."

She said her husband could "go wherever he can fly. You know. I will never allow him to have a second wife. And he knows that, that is why he chose me. If he wants to: Goodbye."


  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-12 07:59

    good on you... it should be one man to one woman and so on... this multiple marriage thing is a joke. Its disrespectful!!! Its against the law!!! Customary or not.... we are governed by laws not customs

      jman.maluleke - 2012-12-12 09:00

      Is customary law not recognised in South Africa? It is recognised so stop commenting on things you dont know because you becomes stupid by doing so.

      afrikeni - 2012-12-12 09:11

      So who owns the law, according to whose custom or standard?

  • nhlapop - 2012-12-12 08:24

    Only Zuma can have more than 10 wifes

  • Shoni Rajah Mbedzi - 2012-12-12 09:14

    hey woman,stop being selfish,he is a king and he must have many wives as he can,if u dont like u can just pack and depart.

      Mark - 2012-12-12 09:25

      Sounds like you are an arrogant chauvinistic ass.

  • Khathutshelo Mudau - 2012-12-12 09:25

    khathu that rite

  • abiot.manthata.1 - 2012-12-12 09:54

    There's no wrong about marrying more than one wife, in fact it's legal to do so. how many wives did King Solomon have, so to the Moshoeshoe, President Zuma, King Zwelithini etc these people are actually what's best b4 God. If a woman divorces a man & get married to another man that's adultery according to the bible. Most men who have one wife majority of them have girlfriends outside their marriages, why bcoz they aren't satisfied by one wife. why can't you guys marry more women to cater ur habits than cheating on ur shame single wives. polygamy is the best teacher. I am going for POLYGAMY.

      cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-12-12 10:10

      And soooo.... what is your opinion of a woman having up to ten husbands? Equality, and all that.

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-12-12 10:17

      Not illegal, but if wife 1 does not want to be in a polygyny, then she has a right to tell you to hamba and exercise your legal rights away from her.

  • ponkie.diel.9 - 2012-12-12 10:39

    @abiot I suppose you are also going for VD and AIDS, please remember to Always take a Shower after sex.

  • karla.vanzyl.108 - 2012-12-13 12:30

    I applaud you, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

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