Actress Gugu Gumede, who plays Hlengiwe Mamlambo on SABC1 telenovela Uzalo has shared her views on the practice of polygamy. 

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Gugu Gumede’s character on Uzalo, MaMlambo, got married to Nkunzi Mhlongo (played by Masoja Msiza) on Tuesday night. Nkuzi made a decision to marry both MaMlambo and MaNgcobo (played by Thandeka Dawn King).

Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Gugu said she enjoyed the conversations the storyline had opened especially since polygamy was so 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 channelling an aunt, a cousin, a neighbour. It is real and we have to speak about it.”

She also said that she could never be in a polygamous relationship but she has to respect those who do. She has to put herself in other shoes and try play her role truthfully and fully.

“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,” – she told the publication.

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