KWANONGOMA – Thousands of maidens are gathering at this year’s Umkhosi Womhlanga or reed dance.
The ceremony at Enyokeni Royal Palace, in kwaNongoma, is to prepare girls for womanhood.
This year’s celebrations come as the fight over the succession of the Zulu throne intensifies.
A memorandum had been doing the rounds that Prince Simakade Zulu would preside over the event.
This was later denied by AmaZulu Traditional Prime Minister, Mangosuthu Buthelezi.