A group of Zulu maidens called on search engine giant Google to stop removing their bare-breasted pictures from the internet. The maidens made the call on Saturday at the annual reed dance, where they will present reeds to Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini at his Enyokeni palace in Nongoma, as a symbol of their virginity. African women have for long being calling on social media platforms to stop censoring cultural content, which feature bare-breasted females. Cultural activist Nomagugu Ngobese, who is in charge of the group of about 50 maidens, said that western societies, and Google, needed to respect how they showed pride in their culture. Register Sign In. South Africa. Zulu maidens march against Google censorship of 'bare breasts' at annual reed dance. Zulu maidens called on Google to stop censoring their pictures at the annual reed dance in Nongoma on Saturday Image: Lwandile Bhengu. The monarch is expected to address the maidens later in the day. KZN premier Sihle Zikalala was also in attendance.
Picture for illustrative purposes only. Picture: File Photo by Gallo Images. TimesLive reported that the maidens called on Google to refrain from taking down pictures from the internet of bare-breasted young girls attending the reed dance. The publication reported that the overseer of the group, cultural activist Nomagugu Ngobese said societies from the west and the search engine should respect how Zulu maidens pride themselves of their culture. Ngobese was quoted as saying that the march was intended to express their feelings on the discrimination of their cultural rights. Health Third case of coronavirus confirmed in South Africa. World Italy closes cinemas, theatres, museums nationwide in virus lockdown — govt. Celebrities Pabi Moloi apologises to South Africans following her arrest. The Citizen. All rights reserved.
Any event featuring Jacob Zuma, virginity tests and more than 25, bare-breasted maidens dancing for a polygamous king is unlikely to pass entirely without incident. And so it proved with this year's Zulu reed dance in South Africa. King Goodwill Zwelithini, who has five wives, spoke out angrily against the photographing of girls undergoing virginity tests at the event, arguing that the images would be used to undermine Zulu culture. Girls participating in the annual uMkhosi WoMhlanga are required to have their genitalia inspected to certify they are virgins. The centuries-old practice has been condemned by gender rights groups but defended by Zulus as means of combating teenage pregnancy and HIV. Zuma was among guests at the ceremony in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal province, last weekend. Zwelithini, 62, condemned "rogue" virginity testers and expressed dismay at seeing pictures of the tests turn up on the internet, South Africa's Mercury newspaper reported.
With a bullet wound, Qwabe was found by locals on a Friday in Naledi. She had been shot in her head. Sadly died on her way to Jabulani Hospital. Her friend Phungula, was found dead in neighbouring Tladi the following day. Thembelihle says the case against the man suspected of committing the heinous crime seems to have collapsed. For the bubbly university student, the traditional ceremony to enter womanhood offered a logical and perhaps necessary way to put the trauma and pain of losing her sibling into perspective.