African Tradition under attack

2009-12-05 12:31

IN the last few months we have seen African traditions and cultures

diminishing into ­obli­vion one after another.


This has been perpetuated by the arrival of civilisation and the

resultant shoving of western cultures down Africans’ throats.

With the ongoing court case ­between the Zulu monarchy and Animal

Rights Africa we see yet another disguised ploy to destroy African pride.

In our country non-indigenous Africans call talk ­radio stations

and label as barbaric the Zulu ­tradition of Umkhosi Wokweshwama. This they do

without an understanding of what the ­tradition is all about.

They also label as backward the custom of virginity testing of

young girls in KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland.

They have also contaminated the

Xhosa tradition of ukwaluka (circumcision) to suit their own standards and

norms.

We have also seen them ridiculing the reed dance ceremonies of both

KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland.

We indigenous Africans have never complained about western

traditions and practices, however barbaric and sick they may seem.

Their action

demonstrates a lack of respect for our traditions and an advancement of

oppression and colonisation of the black mind.

Unless we stand up against all these nonsensical ­assertions, our

traditions, values and cultures will disappear and our future ­generations will

have nothing to be proud of.

Zama

Malote

Pretoria

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