“South Africa has Amended the Marriage Act to allow women to marry two husbands. This was the first wedding under the new law,” says a Facebook post published on 18 May 2021.
The three appear to cut a cake together and the woman feeds each man a small piece. They then dance, surrounded by party guests.
The three are not named and it is not clear where the video was filmed.
The post has been viewed over 351,200 times since it was first posted.
Has the law already been amended? And does the video show the first polyandrous wedding under the new law? We checked.
Video shows Nigerian celebrities
Johannesburg, colloquially known as Joburg, is South Africa’s biggest city.
But the woman in the video is Nigerian actor and producer Moyo Lawal.
But we could find no evidence that polyandry is legal in Nigeria and it is highly unlikely that it was a real wedding.
Polyandry still in proposal stages
On 4 May the South African home affairs department published policy proposals to develop a new marriage act. The proposed act would allow South Africans of all sexualities, cultures and religions to conclude recognised legal marriages.
South Africa currently has three acts in place which determine legal marriages. The Marriage Act (1961) recognises traditional marriages between a man and a woman.
Traditional African marriages, known as customary marriages, are recognised under the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act (1998) while same-sex marriages are recognised under the Civil Union Act (2006).
The viral video does not show a South African woman getting married to two men under the new marriage act which allows for polyandry. The law is still in the proposal stage and hasn’t been passed yet.
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