Tight security at reed dance

2013-08-29 00:00

TIGHT security measures are in place for Saturday’s reed dance event at Enyokeni Palace in kwaNongoma. The Department of Arts and Culture yesterday said everything was going according to plan, and there was nothing to worry about.

More than 40 000 maidens and members of the public are expected to descend on the palace to observe the event, which includes virginity testing.

Arts and Culture spokesperson Lethukuthula Mtshali said 275 buses from various parts of the province will ferry maidens and their guardians to the event.

uMzinyathi, uThukela, Amajuba and iLembe district municipalities had organised additional transport.

The eThekwini Metro council had approved a R200 000 funding request to transport women from various parts of the Metro. Mtshali said all these vehicles will be checked by the Road Traffic Inspectorate for roadworthiness.

He said there will be no access to the venue without accreditation. Parents or guardians of participating maidens under the age of 21 have signed indemnity forms.

“We are excited by the number of the maidens who have shown interest in this year’s festival. It’s overwhelming to see maidens from Gauteng and Mpumalanga embracing this initiative. Each group of maidens will have young women and guardians keeping a close eye on all photographers.”

He said that all cars arriving or departing from Enyokeni Palace will be searched.

Zulu royal household spokesperson Prince Thulani Zulu said no alcohol would be permitted within the palace.

“There will be no dangerous weapons unless authorised. And as for the women attending the festival, no wearing of pants will be allowed,” said Zulu.

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