South African Man Marries 4 Women At Same Time

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1. Wide of groom Milton Mbhele and his four brides arriving at the wedding venue, in Kwa-zulu natal
2. Mid of Mbhele
3. Flower girls and page boys
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Milton Mbhele, Groom:
"I told myself, this was the day that I was waiting for and this day that I was waiting for has already come today and I am very happy about it. If I were to tell you the truth, I think it was in 2006 when I was trying to prepare this thing and today I have managed to do it and I am very happy and I think that it is successful."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Thobile Vilakazi, first wife of Mbhele:
"I thank you to my husband because today he married me the second time."
6. Wide of Mbhele and his four wives
7. Various of the wedding celebrations inside the tent
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Dladla, Mbhele's friend:
"Traditionally we do not have a problem especially we as Zulus because it is a thing that in fact our forefathers an our fathers you know some of them according to the man who affords, if he can, it is okay to have polygamy. In fact it reduces this thing of having private affairs, mistresses you know, because most of the people in the whole world they are married to one wife but they cheat so much."
9. Various shots of Mbhele giving his wives their rings and guests watching and cheering
10. Wide of Mbhele and his four wives
A South African man on Saturday married four women during a special ceremony in Weenan, attended by hundreds of people.
Milton Mbhele who showed up for his wedding in a white limousine, gave each of his four brides rings and a kiss during the ceremony.
South African law recognises traditional polygamous marriages - even President Jacob Zuma has three wives.
Yet while polygamy remains common among several tribes including the Zulus and Swazis, simultaneous weddings are rare.
The 44-year-old Mbhele, a municipal manager in nearby Indaka, said the joint celebration would save money by combining the festivities.
A traditional ceremony was planned for Sunday and there is to be a traditional exchange of gifts between the groom and his wives' families on Monday.
Mbhele has already been married to Thobile Vilakazi for 12 years and has 11 children, but did not specify who their mothers are.
"I want her to be happy," he said of Vilakazi, who was also given a golden wristwatch at Saturday's ceremony.
While Vilakazi thanked her husband for marrying her a second time.
His "middle wives" - as he described them - are Zanele Langa and Happiness Mdlolo, both 24.
The youngest wife, 23-year-old Smangele Cele, said she was looking forward to marrying Mbhele, even though it means she'll have to share him.
She said the wives planned to live separately, with their husband rotating between them.

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