Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Buthelezi: Reed dance reduces Aids figures

"I firmly believe that the rampant spread of HIV/Aids has been slowed by the reintroduction of the reed dance," IFP leader Buthelezi said in a speech prepared for delivery.

He was speaking at King Goodwill Zwelithini's palace where maidens had gathered for the annual reed dance.

Buthelezi said encouraging young people to delay sexual relations until marriage was a tradition which helped to fight the disease.

"Our forbearers never faced the challenge of HIV/Aids but they understood the need to celebrate purity," he said. "It was necessary for the similar standards to be expected from young men."

"We are abolishing the double standard that maidens must be pure, but men must be experienced… that culture breeds shame and disunity."

"In contrast, the ceremony performed here today expresses unity and pride," Buthelezi said. – Sapa

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

‘The children cannot cope any more’: Suicide in Calvinia highlights...

How Covid-19 has intensified the physical and emotional burdens placed on children’s shoulders.

Capitec Bank flies high above Viceroy’s arrow

The bank took a knock after being labelled a loan shark by the short seller, but this has not stymied its growth

More top stories

Covid-19: No vaccine booster shots needed yet

Scientists agree it is important to get most of the population vaccinated before giving booster jabs

The convenient myth of an Africa spared from Covid-19

There are few, if any, studies to support Pfizer chief executive’s assertion that the global south would be more vaccine-hesitant than the north

Council wants Hawks, SIU probe into BAT’s Zimbabwe scandal

The cigarette maker has been accused of giving up to $500 000 in bribes and spying on competitors
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×