#UthandoNes’thembu – Polygamist Musa Mseleku who wants 20 kids speaks on getting a 5th wife


Polygamist Musa Mseleku promises that the longstanding question about whether he will take a fifth wife or not will be answered in the new season of Uthando Nes’thembu.

The fourth season premiered at the weekend to DStv Premium subscribers on 1Magic and already tension arose between Mseleku and his four wives over him insisting on taking No 5.

Ahead of the new season set to debut on Mzansi Magic on Thursday, Mseleku got candid yesterday with Sowetan about his “need” for No 5.

“The drama is there because there is this question that does not want to go away; whether I should take wife number five or have an official girlfriend?” Mseleku said.

“That is a tough one and I never expected that it was going to be an appeal. The resistance really surprised me – they (his wives) are resisting what made them. But it’s the nature of life.

“Polygamy at its core is based on taking a wife and if the wives themselves are opposed to it then it becomes a problem.

“The reason we are Uthando Nes’thembu is because I have multiple wives and if I want to take another one they say ‘no’, you can imagine the frustration.”

But does getting No 5 not mean that Mseleku will want No 6 next?

“You see now, you are wrong. The issue is not based on whether I want to take another wife or not. It is based around circumstances,” Mseleku explained.

“If you listen carefully, I’m trying to build a case not of the want, but the need for another wife.

“That’s what I need to explain to the other wives. I have to explain and convince them until we are all in agreement.”

Mseleku said his third wife MaKhumalo not being able to have kids was one of those circumstances. “I don’t think I’m out of line or selfish because my reasons are genuinely noble,” Mseleku argued.

“Unfortunately, solving the problem doesn’t only depend on me and MaKhumalo but everyone since we are a family.”

Mseleku currently has 10 children and he admitted that his target was 20.

“I’ve only 10 kids out of four wives. I thought I was going to reach 20 to be honest, but I feel like I’m underperforming,” Mseleku laughed.

“The biggest challenge is that I’m not getting younger too. One of my beliefs and principles is that I don’t want to be a grandfather to my own children.”

Mseleku denied that he already had a candidate in mind for wife No 5.

“If I do that then what is the use of negotiating? What is the use of asking if I’ve already done 1-2-3?”

He said through what will unfold in the new season he hopes that South Africans will learn that you can’t rely on physical and financial power if they want to lead a polygamous family.

“That is the biggest lesson for every man or woman in SA that you might want things to go your way because you have power, but sometimes it doesn’t work,” Mseleku observed.

“You having your physical and financial power is not working at all. I feel powerless and vulnerable.”

– Sowetan

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