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“On my bed Martha”?, woman has died

A video that is going around the Internet shows the moment when a man walked into his wife sleeping with another man, who is said to be a pastor, on their marital bed.

Reports say that the event took place in Zambia.

In the video that went viral, a pregnant woman named Martha was seen completely na.ked. The pastor, who was said to be from Congo, quickly put on his shorts when he saw the woman’s husband with a camera.

“On my bed Martha”?, woman has died
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On the floor, there were candle lights, which many people and sources say fit with the ritual that was going on while they were together.

At the time this report was written, the video was trending on Twitter, and Nigerians were already sharing their thoughts about the shocking and shameful act.

New information suggests that the popular video of a woman named Martha begging her husband for forgiveness after being caught with another man was actually The Last Ritual for Safe Delivery.

Sources say that the two people, the ungodly papa and Martha, were doing the last ritual. Martha had been unable to have children for a while, so the Congolese pastor helped bring the woman’s child into the world.

But Martha killed herself because she couldn’t handle this stress.

ADULTERY LAW ABOLISHED IN SOUTH AFRICA


Even though we have a ‘no fault” divorce system in place in South Africa, (meaning a person no longer needs to prove fault such as adultery, in order to get divorced), the reality remains however that adultery continues to be one of the key reasons why marriages break up.

Adultery is no longer a crime in many parts of the world, such as parts of Europe, the United States, South Africa, and China. However, it is often used as a reason for a marriage to end. In some Asian countries including, India, Korea, Philippines and Taiwan and in Muslim countries, adultery remains a crime, with various types of sanctions imposed on the guilty parties. In Islam, a person can’t make such accusations of adultery unless they have strong and convincing evidence to back them up. In Islamic law, the standard of proof is very high, and an accuser must show eyewitnesses who have a good reputation for being honest and telling the truth.

Up until 25 September 2014, an aggrieved divorcing spouse could consider suing the third party lover who caused the marriage to breakdown. The “guilty” spouse’s lover (a third party) could be sued in delict for damages if the third party cheated on the other spouse and hurt their feelings. The hurt spouse would ask for money for “contumelia” (an insult) and “loss of consortium,” which is when a spouse loses the company and comfort of the other. One would have to show that the marriage was good and that the third party lured the guilty spouse away from the marriage and into an affair with that person. Damages would be based on how hurt a person’s name, pride, reputation, feelings, and peace of mind were. This wasn’t an easy claim to back up, especially if there were already problems in the relationship before the third person came along. Still, in all the years I’ve been a lawyer, I’ve seen a few of these “alienation of affection” cases where the hurt ex-spouse sued the lover and won money, though it was much less than what was asked for.

On 25 September 2014, legal history was made when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruled that one could no longer claim compensation for damages as a result of adultery. Adultery is no longer a crime. In the case of RH v. DE, a man named “D” sued “R,” the lover of his wife, for hurting his wife’s feelings and having an affair with her. The High Court ruled in favour of the ex-husband and told the lover R to pay R75,000 as compensation. “R” however denied that he was responsible for the breakup and took the case on appeal to the SCA.

The SCA asked both lawyers to tell them what they thought about whether or not adultery should still be a crime, taking into account our society’s morals, the Constitution, and the idea of marriage as an institution. In delivering his judgement, Judge Brand, together with 4 other judges who also concurred, ruled, “the time for the abolition of adultery has come”.

The judge said that Section 39(2) of the Constitution requires the courts to change the common law in a way that supports the spirit, meaning, and goals of the Bill of Rights. It said that the courts should change the common law to reflect “the changing social, moral, and economic fabric of society.” “Adulthood no longer has a social base.” He said that it was unlikely that these claims of adultery had any effect on society as a whole. He also said that if a marriage is good, it is unlikely that a third party could break it up. Judge Brand said that many other countries have done away with the crime of adultery and that it’s time for our law to reflect how our society’s “mores” have changed. The SCA also decided that it was not in the best interests of the couple’s young children to have to deal with the bad press and emotional stress that come with adultery cases. The court decided that the ex-husband did what he did because he was angry at his ex-wife for ending their marriage. “So, the action wasn’t motivated by a need for comfort and closure, but by a bad and destructive desire for revenge.”

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