Tributes pour in after the loss of Zulu maidens
Six maidens and a driver lost their lives in a horrific accident while returning from a ceremony in preparation for the annual reed dance, this past weekend.
The maidens were returning home from the ‘Siyaya Emhlangeni’ traditional ceremony in Dundee, when the minibus taxi caught alight on impact.
According to a statement released by Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, six people died at the scene and the seventh victim died in hospital. Others were injured and taken to hospital.
“A case of culpable homicide has been opened at the Helpmekaar police station and further investigations will be conducted,” he added.
KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala expressed his condolences to the families of six Zulu maidens.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased during this difficult time and we wish all those injured a speedy recovery,” said Zikalala
The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal also expressed their condolences to the families and to his majesty, the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, and the royal family as the custodian of Umkhosi Womhlanga, which he revived in 1984.
“There is no doubt that the young girls were looking forward to next month’s festivities as those who take part in it are revered by their peers,” said the ANC KZN Provincial secretary Cde Mdumiseni Ntuli.
Zulu Reed Dance 2019 Mkhosi woMhlanga will take place early September.
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