Local Bhaca reed dance

2019-09-19 06:00
AmaBhaca hosted a reed dance in Nomzamo on Saturday. PHOTOS: Velani Ludidi

AmaBhaca hosted a reed dance in Nomzamo on Saturday. PHOTOS: Velani Ludidi

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AmaBhaca king Madzikane II attended the seventh annual Umkhosi Wokukhahlela (Bhaca reed dance) in Nomzamo community hall on Saturday.

The event which is organised by the Bhaca Great Kingdom in collaboration with the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) is used to celebrate amaBhaca culture and tradition.

It involves virginity testing of girls and feasting on traditional meals.

The events started with a walk from Lwandle by the virgins to Nomzamo Community Hall. King Madzikane’s visit comes at a time when the country is battling the scourge of gender-based violence and the king felt boys need to be taught respect.

“When the girls are cooking, what is the boy doing?’ he asked, addressing the packed hall. “We need to go back to our traditions that are placed on the values of ubuntu. Men were protectors of women during the times of our forefathers.”

Madzikane also used his address to call for the restoration of the AmaHlubi chieftaincy by the government. “We support the fight of AmaHlubi, who want to be recognised as a nation in this democratic SA.”

AmaHlubi were stripped of their chieftaincy during apartheid days, and have pleaded with the government to recognise them as a nation with its own culture and language. The matter is still in court.

There were also chiefs from AmaHlubi, Basotho and Abathembu present, and for the first time the king was accompanied by Indlovukazi Khusela Diko, who is also the President’s spokesperson.

Diko encouraged the girls to remain pure until the right time arrives. She handed out certificates to the virgins as their reward for keeping their culture alive.

Hennie Buqa of Sanca said he was happy this year’s event was a success. “We struggled with the venue, but we worked with the councillors,” he said. “Hosting a king is not child’s play, and we are happy there are young people participating in cultural activities. We have long been influenced by western cultures, and if we want this country to be great again we must go back to our ways.”

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