HUNDREDS of maidens danced and sang on their way to the annual traditional reed dance held at Elundzini Great Place in Ncunteni Village, near KwaBhaca, over the weekend.

The event was to promote culture and celebrate purity and self-respect.

It started in the early hours with the girls bathing in the Umzimvubu River before being tested for virginity.

They were then taken to the Madzikane KaZulu Memorial Site to get dressed in traditional attire.

On their way to the royal residence they were presented with a cow to welcome them.

Virginity inspector Princess Mayana Sigudu said she found real maidens.

“This is our tradition and I’m proud of it. We will continue to promote our kingdom,” she said.

Amabhaca king Thandisizwe Diko told the maidens they were the kingdom’s crown jewels and the nation’s pride.

“This event revives pride in ourselves and restores dignity to young women.

“With this programme we will be able to deal with teenage pregnancy, school dropouts and the spread of sexually transmitted infections.”

Alfred Nzo mayor Sixolile Mehlomakhulu said: “People need to get used to seeing girls showing breasts and buttocks. Real men will protect them by supporting this tradition.”

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