King Goodwill Zwelithini was entertained by a group of young dancing maidens at the Reed Dance this passing weekend but the Zulu King used
the event as a platform to warn poachers about their activities in KwaZulu-Natal.
The Reed Dance is an annual ceremony/event what drew over 3000 young maidens who offer the reeds to the Zulu King, this year it was more environmentally focused with the dedication of each reed presented towards the planting of a tree.
Times Live reports that the Zulu king stated he would personally hunt poachers down “if they carry on with this unbecoming behaviour”.
“These animals are a wealth given by God to the people of KwaZulu-Natal. Change the way you are behaving because the killing of rhinos is
a defiance of my order as your king to respect and protect the wildlife.
The animals found in KwaZulu Natal are important as they attract tourism which in return creates jobs for the people. The King also claimed that members of the Osuthu clan were working closely with poachers and that they
should stop immediately.
“Last year alone, 333 rhinos were killed. This year alone, which has not yet come to its end, a total of 274 rhinos has been killed. Stop
this, I urge you,” he said
The Reed Dance Festival over the years has been associated with public drinking and deemed as event for youngster to get drunk.
The Reeds symbolize the purity of the maidens, a drunk man who tried touching the maiden was quickly pulled away by guardians after being
attacked by a group of angry maidens.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithi addressed maidens and attendees including guests from Swaziland, Angola and Mozambique and South African President Jacob Zuma. Follow me on Twitter @darkbishopsa