20 000 maidens for reed dance festival

2011-09-09 11:48

Durban - More than 20 000 maidens were expected to converge on Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's Enyokeni Palace in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday for the annual reed dance festival.

Prince Mbonisi Zulu, brother of Zwelithini, said that this year's festival was special as it coincided with the king's 40th anniversary on the throne.

"There will definitely be an item during the festival which will highlight that the king is celebrating 40 years as a king," Zulu said.

During the festival, the maidens would present a reed - symbolising their purity - to the king.

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  • JoeBoer! - 2011-09-09 11:57

    why have a HIV test when all you need to do is hand over a stick

      Komasa - 2011-09-09 12:00

      No virgins over the age of ten in your culture?

      JoeBoer! - 2011-09-09 12:07

      @coma sa never had half naked 10 year children handing me a stick to prove that the chief from the next valley hasn't had a pop yet and it is my royal right to be the first. in my culture being a pedo gets you jail time don't go grasping at reads for a retort there shagga zulu

      Lab-Rat - 2011-09-09 12:12

      Once again Komasa, a bit rich coming from you.

      G-spotWizard - 2011-09-09 12:59

      Komsa, you must be more delusional than I thought. Do you realy believe that all those woman are virgin? it does not make a difference after all even if they were. If you support the zulus fostering their culture, let them do that with their own means and not our tax money. If you check the related links to this article, you will find that R4m was spent on last year dance. What did SA gained as a country from that stupid event? NOTHING. If this is a zulu thing, let them do that in the remote bushes where they come from, if they use our tax money then any south african is entitled to an opinion on this issue, it's nolonger a zulu cultural thing.

      Komasa - 2011-09-09 14:14

      What we gained was 20 000 women who can say 'no' to a jerk like you.

      Eddie V - 2011-09-09 14:37

      Komasa, we don't rape teenagers and call it our "culture" as an excuse. Go back to the rural backyard you came from.

      legens - 2011-09-09 21:25

      let the annual drool begin

  • mac-sdi - 2011-09-09 11:58

    presented to te king..WTF. this is outdated and has no place in our society.

      sganja - 2011-09-09 12:17

      Mac-sdi Please respect other people's culture,if you don't do is fine leave others to do it.....

      Andrew Ampers Taylor - 2011-09-09 12:19

      Actually, there is nothing wrong with traditions.

      SA Sucks - 2011-09-09 12:20

      You see zulufox, you can only resort to bad mouthing someone who critices these primitive riruals. So typical. Do you still eat pap and chicken feet with hands

      jowza - 2011-09-09 12:29

      thats exactly what you doing sasucks

      The Observer - 2011-09-09 12:31

      sganja - you do not respect our culture so rather keep mum.

      Ingie - 2011-09-09 12:39

      wonder if Zuma is invited!! also remember maidens cure aids!!

      sganja - 2011-09-09 12:42

      The Observer I do respect them...

      Komasa - 2011-09-09 12:44

      @The Observer give us an account of your culture because no one knows what your culture is, other than to diminish other peoples culture.

      SA Sucks - 2011-09-09 12:46

      @jowza. I have seen more culture than this in the Kruger Park

      mac-sdi - 2011-09-09 12:51

      I'm black and have a bit of Zulu blood in me too. why are young virgin girls still being presented to the king? In our constitution there is nothing wrong with a girl who is no longer a virgin. this tradition outcasts these non-virgins, so too does the community. FOR WHat?? having sex? thats just stupid. Zulus need to enter the 21 century coz we all know those girls are not virgins if you check thier rear-ends #FACT

      GuyverXT9 - 2011-09-09 12:52

      @zulufox: dogs deserve better. you on the other hand deserve a good hiding.

      Komasa - 2011-09-09 12:58

      @SAS @SAS there is nothing in your immoral cultural past that you could pass down to your children. That is why 'burnt at the stake' is not popular these days, it is an embarassment like most of your ancestorial past.

      Komasa - 2011-09-09 13:19

      @mac-sdi you are not black, your comment is so mlungu.

      zena - 2011-09-09 14:29

      @komasa....just proves our point, when another person speaks his mind about how he feels about his own culture, then you want to call him white scum. People are starting to see the light, so you are welcome to stay in the dark or move towards the light....

      Eddie V - 2011-09-09 14:38

      No thx Zuludog. I won't stick mine anywhere near where yours have already been... a LOT!

      Looking@SA - 2011-09-11 11:42

      There is nothing wrong with remembering ones traditions, but sometimes traditions fly in the face of modern facts. SA once had a minister of health that believed that roots, herbs, and lemons were an effective treatment for aides. Others believe that sleeping with a virgin will keep you from getting the disease. And yet almost 1000 South Africans die every day from the disease. You had a president a few years ago who wanted a 6 month study to determine if HIV really caused aides. There needs to be a balance between tribal traditions and the modern world. As much as one may try to keep the past alive it is the past. I might like to live in a world that was more "agriculturally" based where things were "so much better." But the trouble with looking at the past is we have a tendency to remember and accentuate the positive and forget the negative. Yes in the good old days people lived simple lives, but infant mortality was much much higher and life expectancy was much much lower. In addition name one country in the world's history that consistently advanced as a society that had divided loyalties. i.e. divided between nation and tribe. In fact where you have seen a stable country there has been an extreme dictator who held the various tribal factions together. Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Gaddafi in Libya, and Mubarak in Egypt. Loyalty to tribe will many times be in conflict to loyalty to a nation. But it's certainly your choice.

  • Christo Stone - 2011-09-09 11:58


      leonard - 2011-09-09 16:53

      @Christo.How rude some people are.My only comment is,keep the King of Swaziland and JZ away on the day,there will be no way of controlling them !!!!!!

  • BloodRiver - 2011-09-09 11:58

    Stuck in the Dark Ages....

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-09 12:43

      @jowza get an education, the Battle of Blood River happened hundreds of years after the end of the Dark Ages.

      chaka - 2011-09-09 13:01

      Stuck in the dark ages when it suits them, otherwise they want to drive the big cars, live in the big houses and wear the italian clothing. the sad part about this is it is tax payers money they are using and there are so many people that are homeless and starving which the money would have served. it is a sad, sad state of affairs in this country.

  • Sisie - 2011-09-09 12:02

    Are there really 20 000 virgins in KZN? Ag Zuma you are slipping up. Might be stuck in the dark ages but present currency is very welcome, same as all the accessories that come with it.

  • Johnny - 2011-09-09 12:02

    its just an excuse for the "KING" to get his rocks off, the dude is so old i'm surprised he can still get it up

      Ingie - 2011-09-09 12:41

      maybe he takes a pack full of Viagra first

      Shistirrer - 2011-09-09 12:57

      Johnny, that's what the reed is for.

      G-spotWizard - 2011-09-09 13:06

      You are dead right Johnny, this is what it is all about. The lust of the eye, arouse your sexual appetite, contemplate the half naked body of a young woman, pick those that lust after the most and satisfy yourself with them just because you are a zulu king.

  • Byron - 2011-09-09 12:03

    Just give me 1 thousand of those 20.

      jowza - 2011-09-09 12:08

      lol.can we share

      InternetMan - 2011-09-09 12:13

      Im in

      Ingie - 2011-09-09 12:42

      you guys are all sick and what makes you think hey would look at you..morons

      matla - 2011-09-09 12:50

      Ingie, they are just showing their appriciation for the finer things in life. We know you have passed that stage and feel unwanted, we can't change that.

      David - 2011-09-09 13:39

      Can you please show finer appreciation to your spelling? And then grow a backbone and stop supporting male exploitation of these girls?

  • The_Realist - 2011-09-09 12:06

    i'm sure zooma will be there with his tongue hanging out, looking for his next fiancée or two!

      Klip - 2011-09-09 12:10

      yebo, sporting his leopard skin g-string and Puma tekkies.

      sganja - 2011-09-09 12:19

      Realist Is fine

  • Sit-hole - 2011-09-09 12:06

    40th anniversary on the Cowhide.

  • Peacock - 2011-09-09 12:07

    Did not know there were so many left.......

      jowza - 2011-09-09 12:28

      dont judge others by your own

      jen - 2011-09-09 12:57

      Read the other article "the seedier side of the reed dance' It explains it all.

      Komasa - 2011-09-09 13:11

      @jen that was an article written about the Swazi reed dance, and there is no truth in that article. Amazing no article on how many 'white males' travel to Swaziland for the reed dance hoping to get a night of bliss with purety.

      jen - 2011-09-09 13:30

      It is a fact that perverts of all colours are there to ogle and it is not right and proper. Are you implying that I am white? Don't

  • Dal68 - 2011-09-09 12:08

    This dude has the best life ever...maidens, money galore and the support of the anc....long live this king.......hahahahahaha - PRIMITIVE!!!

  • derkus - 2011-09-09 12:11

    is Zuma going?

      thinker - 2011-09-09 12:19

      In the front row with all his "talent spotters"

      sganja - 2011-09-09 12:20

      Probably yes

      Playnice - 2011-09-09 12:24

      Zuma doesnt know if he is coming or going !!

      Shistirrer - 2011-09-09 12:58

      Coming. Definitely coming.

  • Vivium - 2011-09-09 12:13

    Its amaziong the comments we get here .. ANything with the Britsih Royal Family and its tradition its kwl... but the moment they is something from any African monach/ tradition its alwys so uncivilised .... How about we apply some consistency?

      My5cents - 2011-09-09 12:34

      @Vivium...consistency is moving into the 21st century. Parading half-naked maidens is just so medieval. (Was going to say Dark Ages but that may not be PC)

      Ingie - 2011-09-09 12:49

      Because the Royal Family tradition is not like yours...walking around with no tops etc on..who wants to see that..could not care. Also there is no screaming and shouting with the Royals

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  • Andrew Ampers Taylor - 2011-09-09 12:17

    20,000 maidens handing a reed to show their purity? If purity means virginity, I wonder how many are lying :-)

      David - 2011-09-09 12:30

      Good point - interpretation of the definition can make for some very odd justifications!

      Face - 2011-09-09 13:19

      Most of them, by calculating all the rape cases, do i wonder if one would get a zulu virgin older than 5!

      David - 2011-09-09 13:33

      That's not very respectful yet an alarmingly good point...

  • Komasa - 2011-09-09 12:17

    @jowza he would like to be one of the boys.

  • Fedup - 2011-09-09 12:18

    I'm so glad we don't have to put our daughters through this, old men with tongues hanging out drooling all over them. Sis man this is so primitive

      jowza - 2011-09-09 12:27

      dress your daughters in mini skirts and underwear sticking out,you will see old men with tongues sticking out

      zena - 2011-09-09 14:34

      strange but i have seen many young black ladies also dress that way, and its the fashion, not virgin selling.

  • chub - 2011-09-09 12:22

    Just put it on the tax payers' tab, thanks

  • Fredster69 - 2011-09-09 12:22

    Gonna be a lot of old perverts gathering there, maybe Jacob finding wife no 4, or is it 6 or, well I dont know

      derkus - 2011-09-09 13:17

      nor does Zuma know

      Vela Stardust - 2011-09-09 13:58

      Maybe Mswati III ? He might be looking for wife no.14 now that Swaziland has received a R2.4b loan.

  • Charlton10 - 2011-09-09 12:27

    Most visitors go for one thing, and to look at those big TITS. he he he.

  • Ross - 2011-09-09 12:30

    Die Afrikaner will never make negative remarks i.r.o. the Zulu traditions. The pink English liberals make nasty remarks behind their high walls in the suburbs and behave like angels in public.

      Felix - 2011-09-09 12:40

      LMFAO. really?

      matla - 2011-09-09 12:51

      I appriaciate ur comment @Ross

      David - 2011-09-09 13:56

      Ross. Hey! Ek's 'n Afrikaner EN liberaal! Moenie kom voetjie voetjie nie - die Afrikaners maak ook maar net soveel negatiewe opmerkings oor als wat Afrika is!

  • Blaque4sho - 2011-09-09 12:33

    The virgins are tested by mamas who knows how to spot a hymen, so itsnot just abut them sayingthey are virgins, they actually do get tested. these girls are not forced to do this, the do it out of choice. If I had known about this early enough, I would have done it as well. to those who are criticising, i'm not suprised, its either you don't have a culture or you abandoned yours a long time ago and noe are jealous that we are still practicing ours. Jealousy makes you nasty *singing*

      falcon2020 - 2011-09-09 12:42

      no ways is this culture, it a black male designed drewl fest, rubber stamping male rule over females, a real live meat market

      jen - 2011-09-09 12:47

      Virginity is in the mind. How the hell do the mothers do that. i would make a case against my mother it she fiddled down there when i was that age.

      ex-pat - 2011-09-09 15:59

      Yeah, and they tested Caster Semenya and said it was a girl...

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-09-09 12:34

    There is a difference between respecting one's culture and blatantly using the excuse of culture to rip off you own citizens. But anyway

  • Ingie - 2011-09-09 12:37

    Who flipping cares!! could be 100,000 & why does this make a headline story..nothing else happening News24

  • Enigma - 2011-09-09 12:38

    My fellow Africans (who respect other peoples cultures and beliefs) please do not degrade ourselves by stooping low in answering the uncultured idiotic comments. They don't know the value of our cultures and that is why they come up which such rubbish trying to fish. I repeat they know nothing because they've never experienced it.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-09 12:44

      And belive me, the less we experience of your "culture" the happier we are.

      Dries - 2011-09-09 17:35

      Indeed you are an enigma. OUR tax money pay for this (untruthful) silly display. There is no virgin in your culture at that age anymore. At 4-6 they get raped to cure aids. Your thin attempt to talk about culture has no basis.

  • jen - 2011-09-09 12:45

    I just want to know who is paying for this do? I actually do not care if they all loose their v i g i n i t y that day and whether they have royal help with it.

      Ingie - 2011-09-09 13:06

      we pay thats who

  • Ingie - 2011-09-09 12:45

    Its like these big fat mamas that walk around the gym starkers who have no respect for others and when i complain get told by the club...its their culture..what Cr&P

      mokgosi - 2011-09-09 14:32

      ingie im sure if you had to move to Europe you wont have to experience that

  • GuyverXT9 - 2011-09-09 12:46

    Umm, King who?

  • matla - 2011-09-09 12:52

    The finer things in life come to those who wait in KZN

  • veryfatpig - 2011-09-09 12:55

    I love watching you people bait each other. Everyone getting all worked up over mostly idiotic comments. Its great! Thanks for the entertainment....

      Ingie - 2011-09-09 13:11

      pleasure while vent our frustration..LOL

  • sam malindi - 2011-09-09 13:04


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  • mac-sdi - 2011-09-09 13:06

    Check their rear ends...

  • Lesepa Nthwe - 2011-09-09 13:07


  • Woofix - 2011-09-09 13:10

    The BIG question is why this type of dance???? by so many women???? celebrating a kings 40 year reighn??? What has their virginity (??) to do with his 40 year rule ?? O.k. maybe they are part and parcel of his harem. (virginity??)

      Ingie - 2011-09-09 13:18

      The more the merrier..drink and be merry and maybe they see a thousand more maidens all in a row!!

  • Prof - 2011-09-09 13:11

    If this is important, why are other tribes not doing it?. M talking about Pedis, Tsongas, Sothos, Tswana and Xhosas. I think he is just taking advantage just like Mswati. This is totally irrelevant...

      mac-sdi - 2011-09-09 13:15

      the funny thing if you go to KZN you'll realise these girls are getting it from the back - trying to beat the system. Some are ick with hiv and the community says its witchcraft.

      Prof - 2011-09-09 13:18

      mac-sdi -u are 100% right. Every disease in KZN is caused by witchcraft.

  • Woofix - 2011-09-09 13:11

    @ veryfatpig: Strange kind of love(??!!)

  • Woofix - 2011-09-09 13:13

    @ veryfatpig: So your comment isnt idiotic or baiting !! Congrats!!

  • sloppycowtits - 2011-09-09 13:19

    Wow I think I might be jealous just imagine 20,000 naked breasted hot virgins dancing in front of you? Got to take my hat off to this king he has it completely waxed!

  • Verbatim - 2011-09-09 13:41

    20 000 kitchen workers coming up

      Enigma - 2011-09-09 13:47

      Including your mother...he he he LOL

  • saywhat - 2011-09-09 14:00

    Wow! I can’t believe how nasty some people can be. How much do you know about the Reed Dance? If you know nothing about their traditions then don’t comment. Show a little respect!

  • mokgosi - 2011-09-09 14:11

    i would have never believed it if i hadnt seen it for myself,wow there are plenty of bigotty whites still in SA,begs the question "why do they still stay here? our culture does not need approval from you lot,you do not have to like,gone are the days when your opinions about black culture made a diffrence to our lives

      zena - 2011-09-09 14:53

      we are still here because we live here, get that into your head, and if our opinions don't make a difference to you then you trying to tell us that we don't belong here makes no difference to us either. We don't need your approval for been born in this country, that is just the way it is, so deal with it.

      Megan - 2011-09-09 17:48

      and those of us that want to leave - cant, because the government sucks us dry....

  • zackie - 2011-09-09 14:22

    the king has alot of virgins to deflower no wonder swaziland is in such a sad mess no time to do anything else

  • bogo - 2011-09-09 14:43

    are they pure or ready to give the viurs to evryone?

  • 2shy2call - 2011-09-09 15:09

    @ Eddie V -Ask your MOM she one of those who were Bonked by Tazan or Shaka that is why you want them to go back to the bushes. You are afraid they will Bonk your mother again. Peace of Shit.

  • Beannie - 2011-09-09 15:21

    Doubt that they could find 20 000 maidens.

  • - 2011-09-09 16:05

    I am a Zulu woman (non-virgin). This tradition is still valid even in the 21st century. The best way to avoid Aids is to abstain. Now I know that you don't only get Hiv from sex but most of the time this is where you get it. It builds character in a person and this celebration is to celebrate the purity of the girls. do not change it into something sinister. Yes there are some who go there who are not virgins but they are only cheating themselves. Please leave this tradition alone.

  • jen - 2011-09-09 16:28

    Last year almost 18 000 teenagers fell pregnant in KZN schools. Could it be last year's reed dancers?

      Dries - 2011-09-09 18:11

      Nooo... that is not true! Can't be more than 15 000 school pregnancies in Natal. Almost the number of murders in the country, that 18 000 figure!

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2011-09-09 16:30

    no one can find three wise men and a virgin in this place thats for sure i will put money on this !!

  • Organist-1 - 2011-09-09 17:12

    culture my foot. Zuma and the King probably need to put it in a splint everytime they go to the Urinal. Nice one here for Zapiro.

  • Dries - 2011-09-09 17:28

    Yesterday it was 30 000 virgins but today there are 10 000 less. Those Impis do not waste much time, do they? But still I did not think that there were that many virgins of that age in Zulu land... AND I thought the Dutch and Swedish camera men would already have been here to film for posterity the display 60 000 bared boobs, but I also read that security will steal (I mean take) their cameras. Not allowed to show 60 000 bobbing boobies to the first world.