Dancing in the rain

By Drum Digital
11 September 2015

The annual reed dance in Zululand is often shrouded in controversy, and sometimes tragedy. DRUM attends this year's festivities

The cold and rainy weather certainly isn't enough to discourage thousands of Zulu maidens from flocking to northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Almost 50 000 girls are attending this year's annual cultural event, we're told.

Revived by the hereditary ruler in 1984, the event centres on the maiden's presentation of reeds to the king as an affirmation of her virginity.

However, King Zwelithini is still not pleased.

He lashes out at the government for not doing enough.

"I'm hurt that on Friday (September 4), I didn't sleep," he annouces.

Read more in the September 17 issue of DRUM

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