JOY NDWANDWE’S ZONE LEADERSHIP
Spring the month of love, when Mother Earth is being showered with blessings of soft gently rain for ploughing and planting maize or corn. Firstly, congratulation Your Majesty, King Mswati III for taking time before declaring another Liphovela, as this always creates controversy, particularly as the king must choose a virgin.
The age has become the focus now that His Majesty is almost 50 years, and yet the king must continuously have eMaphovela. As the succession planning is such that there has to pre-puberty heir to the throne, only prince with female siblings.
Thus imposing fertility responsibility for kings, and what fascinates me is when citizens and others emulate the king, and yet their succession plans do not involved a pre-puberty heir. My unsolicited advice to His Majesty, it is time to choose eMakhovela from chiefdoms, not only as a unifying factor for the nation. But to ensure the envious understand how this is not about ‘ sexy’ babes, but nation building and states women.
And most significantly this is about the king’s fertility responsibility towards succession planning and social cohesion. The chief’s daughters will strengthen the indigenous governance of this country.
Umhlanga is Ploughing/ Planting Dance
Umhlanga whilst researching on indigenous people’s dignity is traceable within the Native Americans or American Indians, synonymous to their corn dances. Evidently, these corn dances are a significant part of indigenous governance, like Umhlanga the Reed Dance. Which begins at chiefdom levels, where parents declare the sexuality of the maidens within their community.
This results in participation and impacts on the dress code, indlamu for the virgins and sidvashi for chastity after sexual experimentation. This declaration by families is significant for these maidens will embark on a pilgrimage for ploughing and planting rain. Originating from the understating of Ubuntu or “Mitakuye oyasin” of the Native American, meaning “We are all Related.”
Therefore interconnected behaviour, human and animals’ impact on nature and nature’s behaviour impacts on humans and animals.
Umhlanga, the pilgrimage for ploughing and planting rain beginning at the chiefdoms, governors of the land as the maize will be nurtured within their geographic space. Evidently chiefs have the responsibility of ensuring that virgin maidens embark on this pilgrimage, in order to bring back rain.
With this understanding, that I do not understanding the pilgrimage of maidens from the security forces, as their leaders are not chiefs, and these maidens have their own chiefdoms. Most significantly these maidens cannot be vetted by employers on whether they are virgins or chastity post sexual experimentation. This would be a violation of their human rights, and Umhlanga is linked to chiefs who govern the land and not leaders of security force institutions. Umhlanga is an important part of indigenous people’s dignity, which rooted the indigenous governance systems with chiefs at its helm, custodians of the land.
Indigenous governance systems were rooted within the context of understanding that without food, ‘lijaha sisu’ conflict will ensue, degenerates into war. This is why the corn or maize rain dances are a significant part of ensuring social cohesion towards peace and sustainable development. As we are all related, animal, plants, nature and humans, and therefore our behav-