Kasi wives unite for financial muscle

2017-04-20 06:01
These married women are part of a group called Imizamo Yomama, which they formed to reclaim their husbands from nyatsis.                  Photo by Lulekwa Mbadamane

These married women are part of a group called Imizamo Yomama, which they formed to reclaim their husbands from nyatsis. Photo by Lulekwa Mbadamane

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THEY were tired of seeing their husbands spending money on nyatsis, so they decided to do something about the matter.

Married women from Sweet Homes in Philippi, Cape Town are part of a group called Imizamo Yomama.

The members contribute a monthly fee and pay out lump sums to two members every month.

Group member Andiswa Rhasimeni-Nozaba (38) said: “Most of our husbands work, but we are unemployed.

“Even though our husbands have jobs, we never saw a cent of their money at the end of the month.

“They forget they were married men and spent their money on nyatsis at shebeens.

“Then they would come back home drunk and shout at us.

“Sometimes we went to bed on empty stomachs.

“So we decided to chase away the nyatsis and get our husbands back.”

The group’s members fork out R500 a month and pay out R5 000 to two members every month.

“We use the money to buy beautiful couches, washing- machines, coffee tables, blankets and cupboards for our homes.

“Since we started this group, our husbands have been giving us their bank cards.

“Now our husbands no longer spend their money on nyatsis, which has strengthened our marriages.”

Busisiwe Wayo-Bheleni (25), another member of the group, said: “Everything at home has been going well since I joined the group.

“There are no more nyatsis to waste my husband’s hard-earned money.

“Things are much better now that we have a happy marriage.”

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