Safe return of maidens celebrated

2016-09-16 06:00
 Photo: Siphelele Nketo Girls dance before their departure.

Photo: Siphelele Nketo Girls dance before their departure.

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THE 146 young Kokstad girls who participated in the 32nd Umkhosi woMhlanga - reed dance - in Nongoma returned home safely on Sunday.
King Goodwill Zwelithini attended the reed dance held on Saturday. The young girls were accompanied by their mothers and virgin testers.

Virgin tester and the chairperson of Ubuhlebemvelo Project, Busisiwe Siphungela, believes that virginity testing can prevent young girls from getting sexual diseases including HIV and STDs.

She said Ubuhlebemvelo Project has more than 500 young girls in Kokstad.

“The project started with a small number of young girls, today the number has grown. After school young girls are educated by mothers to remain a virgin and respect their elders.

“Young girls are trained to do needlework in order to be busy after school and in the holidays.”

Lucia Ndamse said she was happy to attend 2016 reed dance and the programme helped her. She encourages young girls to attend the programme.

The Greater Kokstad Municipality held a prayer service at town hall on Friday for maidens to go and return safely from Nongoma.

“The Greater Kokstad Municipality supports this programme because it reduces teenage pregnancy and teaches young girls to love their body,” said deputy mayor Karen Walker at the prayer service.

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