Reed Dance chaos: Was it a snake?

2015-09-08 16:00
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Reed dance: In the name of the king

Not even a torrential downpour could dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands of young women and girls who turned up for this year’s uMkhosi Womhlanga or reed dance at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Enyokeni Royal Palace at Nongoma on Saturday (September 5 2015).

Durban - Is it a snake? Is it a frog? Or is it Jacob Zuma? 

It could have been snake - or a frog - that caused a disruption at this past weekend's Reed Dance at the eNyokeni Royal Palace in northern KwaZulu-Natal, according to a KwaZulu-Natal legislature member.

"There was some chaos when it was not clear whether there was a snake or a frog that appeared where the girls were," he said.

Councillor Blessed Gwala was referring to reports of chaos that broke out at the event at the weekend, with a number of young girls becoming hysterical when Zuma arrived to address the 100 000-strong crowd.

Gwala criticised media saying they were sensational in their coverage of the incident, adding that any number of factors could have contributed to the chaos.

"When the king had stopped speaking, President Zuma went out to wash his hands and then he immediately returned. This is not what the media published. They said he left fearing for his safety because of the girls rushing towards him."

He lambasted media houses for not stating where the incident originated.

"Can the journalists tell us which girl they can point to that started hystering [sic]? Can they tell us what ufufunyane [a character or voice that has entered and taken control of a person] means?"

On Monday, Zulu cultural expert Dr Nomagugu Ngobese, who attended the Reed Dance, told News24 the behaviour was a product of "bad energies". She said while transporting some girls, she had to perform cleansing rituals.

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