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SA now has a ‘Boyfriend Stokvel’ Whatsapp group - you can even recycle your ex

Business Insider SA
 Oct 12, 2019, 04:43 PM
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  • The new 'Boyfriend Stokvel,' allows you to trade in your ex, the Daily Sun reported on Friday.
  • According to its administrator, Mamikie Mahlangu, all one has to do is write to the stokvel as to the kind of man they want.
  • And if the man fits your ex's description, then sharing is caring.
  • For more stories, go to Business Insider SA.

A 'Boyfriend Stokvel' Whatsapp allows you to share your ex with other women, the Daily Sun reported on Friday.

The stokvel acts as a dating portal where women can hook each other up with a man they think would fit the singleton perfectly. Should the description of the woman's 'dream man'  fit that of your ex, then sharing is caring.

"We're trying to make sure this is not like any other dating site," the stokvel's administrator, Mamikie Mahlangu told Daily Sun. Two members (at the time of the post) had already met potential boyfriends.

"[The group] will be safe. If anything happens to any of our members, we will involve [the] cops," she said.

How it works

According to Mahlangu, all a woman needs to do is tell them the kind of man wanted and the stokvel will do the rest

"If he fits the description, we make sure you meet. What happens after that is up to you."

One of the members of the stokvel, speaking to Daily Sun said she and her new man were due to meet for a second date. While another officially had a boyfriend, thanks to the group.

This should not be a problem if you are only sending your personal information onto the group says, Verlie Oosthuizen, head of social media law at Shepstone and Wylie Attorneys.

With South Africa's very strict privacy laws, one cannot simply give out people's information without their consent on any platform. This could mean, should users feel their ex is perfect for someone else, they should be given an opportunity to consent to their number being shared in the group.

Though the Whatsapp group could appear to be harmless and fun, one should always be cognisant of the consequences of all social media platforms, Oosthuizen warns.

"[People] feel like they can share what whatever they like on social media," she says.

"Unlike in the US where the freedom of speech laws are more relaxed, in South Africa, freedom of speech has its own consequences." She warns that people can expect heavier restrictions one the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act comes into effect.

Business Insider South Africa previously reported that a new Whatsapp stokvel had launched urging people to invest R200 and earn R1, 000 profit.

The National Stokvel Association of SA (Nasasa) has warned South Africans that WhatsApp stokvels are most likely to be pyramid schemes rather than genuine savings vehicles – and those who have joined them have probably been scammed. Like most pyramid schemes, the first few to join received a pay-out, but those who followed often lost all their money.  

Nasasa founder and chairperson, Andrew Lukhele, told TimesLive that scammers were using the popularity of stokvels to create pyramid schemes and take advantage of people.

Compiled by Bombi Mavundza.

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