DISCIPLINE: Indvuna Thami Thikazi.
ANY of the maidens from Mbilaneni to participate in the Umhlanga ceremony found to have misbehaved is going to be whipped upon return, the elders have warned.
Thami Thikazi, the headman of Mbilaneni, said it was suggested that any girl found to have misrepresented them would be dealt with harshly. He said with parents having been called to endorse if they agreed to release their daughters to partake in the national event, it was also their (parents) responsibility to be well represented.
He said it has been agreed that in case any parent disapproved of the action of his or her daughter during the Umhlanga, then corporal punishment would be meted on that girl.
“In case parents distance themselves from such, we are going to order them to be the ones administering the punishment in the form of strokes on the buttocks should it be found that they (girls) did something intolerable. The punishment will take place in full view of everyone,” said Thikazi.
Thikazi said the reason parents were called to approve that their daughters join the maidens was to see to it that even back home they reminded them (girls) about the importance of representing the chiefdom positively.
“Like we had earlier mentioned that the girls to represent us should be of good morals and upbringing. We therefore have to see to it that they face the music once they misbehave and parents should be ready to discipline,” said Thikazi.
Thikazi said over 50 maidens from Mbilaneni would be dispatched today to join the rest at Ludzidzini for the national event.
“I am sure of over 50 maidens who are registered and are going to be representing us. Yes, in the eyes of others this may look like a small figure but we believe it is big as the girls underwent screening and we were convinced that these are the girls who will make us proud.
“Another thing, we did not approve of those who are too young to be part of the maidens as we want to avoid a situation where it could lead to young girls experiencing challenges,” said Thikazi.
Thikazi said all girls selected to join the maidens should arrive at the chiefdom in time in readiness to be transported to Ludzidzini.
“May I urge all of them to be at the umphakatsi not later than 10am. Late comers are to be turned back as we need to have them all assembled 10 so that they leave early because we want all of them to arrive in time at the registration point at Ludzidzini,” said Thikazi.
Tee and Jay sponsors Mlindazwe Imbali
MLINDAZWE Imbali has been sponsored with emahiya, umhelwane, takkies and transport to ferry them to the Umhlanga Reed Dance Ceremony.
Tee and Jay Woodworks, a Swazi owned business yesterday presented nearly 60 maidens with a sponsorship worth over E15 000.
Director Thembinkosi Mndzebele said the sponsorship came about as a result of their recognition of the upcoming ceremony and desire to see to it that the maidens from their surrounding community benefited by representing their area well.
He said due to the impoverished nature of some of the families, the company felt it should take the burden and costs of the traditional attire so that they all looked presentable and none left out. He said they fully believed in what the ceremony promoted; that is, culture and chastity within the young people as a way to preserve their purity.
He said their success as a business depended on grooming the young generation to be a healthy and successful hence they felt as a company that the best thing was to groom young girls to love their culture and recognise it.
A very thankful Mlindazwe Indvuna Mciniseli Dlamini thanked the director for the donation of the attire and made mention that they would for the first time be ferried for free as in previous occassions their children had to traverse the journey to Ludzidzini Royal Residence on foot since most of them cannot afford to travel by bus since the proximity was awkward with the need to board twice.
After encouraging the maidens to behave themselves, he urged them to attend functions hosted by the company as maidens clad in full regalia so that their relationship grows to other sponsorships.