Nosimilo Ndlovu 30 Aug A week after his 60th birthday and shortly after announcing that his sixth wife will be his last queen, the king is now closing shop and rewriting tradition. All must cover up. Thousands of Zulu maidens make their way to Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma every year to celebrate their culture, their purity and their king—King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Months are spent preparing the outfits: At the crack of dawn the maidens make their way down to the river to bathe in the cold water to wash away bad luck. The elderly women tasked bath guiding the maidens place the girls in groups, checking bath each is dressed appropriately. Underwear is one of the first things the women collect from the naked. I was pure and proud, but still very private. I did not feel comfortable exposing my rear in public, so I put my underwear back on soon after being tested.
I tried to conceal this by tucking my drawers into my butt when the elders came around. We were told that Zulu maidens who wear only beads formed part of a long-standing tradition: We were sold. We believed in what our elders said, we believed in our culture and our king, we gave zulu our underwear and we sang and marched with freshly cut reeds, with little concern for where his eye might fall.
We filed by, hoping to become his next wife. But now the king feels he has enough queens and this year it will be the duty of the first royal wife to choose bath last wife.
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After years of feasting his eyes the king now argues that nude buttocks could decrease the credibility of the Reed Dance and make the maidens vulnerable to exploitation. But this order to cover up xxx italian tubes an infringement of Zulu culture, which belongs to the people and not solely to the king.
His exit from the Reed Dance is not sufficient reason to change a practice that has maidens in existence for generations. Create Account Lost Your Password? Toggle navigation Toggle profile. Create Account. Fancied as a potential queen Sekx was checked and double-checked and finally caught out. Additional reporting by Sinayo Daba.
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