Make wise decisions today, Buthelezi urges young women at reed dance

2016-09-11 16:01
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GALLERY: Thousands of young women attend 32nd Reed Dance

Thousands of young women from all over the country gathered for the second day of the 32nd annual Umkhosi woMhlanga Reed Dance, at the Enyokeni Roayal Palace in Nongomo. View the gallery here.

Nongoma – Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Saturday told thousands of young women from across South Africa gathered at the 2016 Umkhosi woMhlanga (reed dance) to make better decisions for their future.

Buthelezi was welcoming King Goodwill Zwelithini who delivered the main address at Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma on Saturday night.

He said he was born during a time when women could walk anywhere without being raped by "dogs".

"Yes, those that rape are dogs…" Buthelezi said.

"Today, women can dictate their futures and dictate how they are governed. They enjoy a lot of freedom these days but freedom goes with being able to choose correctly because there are many decisions that you are still going to make in your lives.

"Do you want to get married? Do you want children? Do you want to graduate? These are the decisions that you are still going to be faced with in the near future and I hope that you will make the right decisions, open your eyes and not just hope for whatever to happen."

Buthelezi asked the young women to align the way they lived with the future they envisioned.

"I encourage you to think about these things. There will be many distractions and temptations that you will face in life. Now there are elderly men like me who cannot be trusted anymore.

"There are blessers that take young women and give them jewellery but they would not like that to be done to their children."

He said if the young women made the right decisions they would be able to get through difficult times in their lives.

"You must decide now whether you will work diligently at school or be drop-outs... to open your minds or drink alcohol and use drugs."

Earned through hard work

He said that on Saturday morning the king asked him if he saw news that women drank more than men.

"This is not surprising. You need to make sure that you decide to build your families, to respect your parents or to do the right thing. You can choose to listen to the king or not."

He said the young women could decide to respect themselves or allow their boyfriends to toy with them.

"You can choose to be good examples to those behind you. Whatever you choose now will determine your futures. You can choose to be a well-known musician, a journalist or a judge but these things don't just happen. They are earned through hard work."

He told the young women that the decisions they took today could either open or shut the doors to their dreams.

Buthelezi said their decisions would also determine the future of the Zulu nation.

"I hope that you will look back on this event and think of it as your anchor in life and a reminder of who you are."

Buthelezi announced that on September 24, Umkhosi weLembe would be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

"This will be a celebration of 200 years of the formation of the Zulu nation. That will be our birthday as a nation," he said.

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