People react to Tanzania publishing the names of married men to protect single women

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Well, the single women of Tanzania might not have to imagine it because the Regional Commissioner, Paul Makonda, wants to have a database of all married men to protect single women, reports CNN.

Speaking at a news conference in Tanzania, Paul said the idea was inspired by the many complaints he’s received from single women. "I have been receiving complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men, yet the men didn't fulfil the promise. I know women who have been paying bills, yet the men walked away.”

“If possible we will set up a database in the regional commissioner's office in each region that every man who promises a woman marriage, this should be registered in the database which will allow women to check to see whether the person asking is married already,” he said.

“These cunning men have left many women nursing heartbreaks and emotional bruises. You’ll find a young man successfully wooing a woman, making her leave every other thing that she does and follows you, hoping that the man will marry her only to realise he is just using her,” he continued.

We were interested to find out what ordinary South Africans think about this proposal, and if they think it would work in our country.

Thabang Moeketsi (23): “Wait, what? Isn’t that a violation of privacy? I mean I’m not promoting the horrendous things that us men do sometimes, but we can’t violate someone’s privacy like that, nah man, nah.”

Zingisa Ntwana (23): “Wow imagine that! I mean I’m totally for it, why not? Maybe then we’ll have more responsible citizens? Yeah, definitely!”

Songeziwe Sabatana (27): “I like the idea, a lot! I almost dated a married man a few years ago because he would take off his ring and take me out, treat me like a princess and whatnot. When I found out, I was distraught because I’d already caught feelings, but I’m glad we never made it official – I’d never want to be the reason for another woman’s heartbreak like that.”

Sandile Mkhwanazi (38): “In our country? Do you live in South Africa? Have you seen what a mess Uyajola 99 is? No ways ma’am, I think it would be a terrible idea in our country. People here are too liberal, it would star a war that thing, nope.”

Sibusiso Nonkala (18): “All the more reason never to get married then, shu!”

*Sindiswa Thabethe (57): “That won’t stop men from cheating on their wives and treating other women like rubbish. If a man puts his mind to something, trust me my girl, he’ll see to finish. My ex-husband cheated on my several times, and all the women I confronted said he never took his ring off, so you see? Can’t stop them. And even though some women complain and say they didn’t know the men were married, there are some women who don’t mind. They’re just asking for trouble from God, honestly.”

*Real names were not used  

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