Gugu Gemede: Polygamy is biblical



Gugu Gumede’s act on Uzalo as MaMlambo attracts controversial reviews from viewers as she  is set to be a second wife. She shared with TshisaLIVE on her take on polygamy which is widely practiced.

“Wherever I go I have found women who are in polygamous relationships. Those are the women that my character represents. Those are the ones who embrace me. When I channel MaMlambo I am channeling an aunt, a cousin, a neighbour. It is real and we have to speak about it.”

“I could never be in a polygamous relationship but I have to respect those who do. I have to put myself in other shoes and try play my role truthfully and fully. If you read the bible properly, you will see how much polygamy was practiced in the bible and how much the Lord was blessing people who were in such relationships. These are real people with real emotions. There is nothing in life that doesn’t have its pros and cons. There are things that people think are good. There are things that people think are bad. So, it will always have negative connotations but you cannot judge a person on how they choose to live.”

The actress added, “I want to tell the stories of Africa. I think it is time for African stories to be told by Africans. I also think we need to hear stories of born-frees. We have told the stories of political and racial struggle and now we need to speak of the new struggles.”


Despite Gugu’s father been a polygamist, she’s not ready to play that in reality.

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