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
Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa,
IFPWB Chairwoman on 079 114 3015
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Liaison
Officer on 073 024 5675