Minister Must Stop Interfering in Zulu Culture

10 October 2013    



The IFP Women's Brigade has cautioned the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to stop interfering in Zulu traditions, by stating that the traditional reed dance should be abolished.


IFP Women's Brigade Chairwoman, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, said "We were shocked to learn that the minister of Basic Education, who is also the president of the ANC Women's League, said the reed dance should be abolished. This is an insult to the Zulu royal household, especially to King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, the maidens and their parents. No one is compelled to take part in the reed dance, but maidens are practising their constitutional rights"


"The ANCWL is not the spokesperson for parents and maidens who are taking part in the reed dance; therefore it must stop making such pronouncements"


The IFPWB believes that the minister should pay more attention to eradicating mud schools in the Eastern Cape, improving matric results, meeting the shortage of books in Limpopo and to dealing with overcrowding in schools.


kaMdlopha-Mthethwa further stated that "There is a tendency to mock the Zulu King by the ANC. Whenever they attend the reed dance, they say they fully support the King for reviving the ceremony; but when they are not in front of the King, they say it should be abolished. The reed dance is a cultural practise that aims to encourage young girls not to expose themselves to sexual activities"


The IFP Women's Brigade wants to state clearly that it will firmly oppose any calls to abolish the reed dance and it fully supports the Zulu Royal household in observing this culture.


Issued by:

Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, IFPWB Chairwoman on 079 114 3015


Or contact 

Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Liaison Officer on 073 024 5675