Nongoma - As thousands of maidens are gathering at Enyokeni Palace to celebrate Umkhosi Womhlanga, some of them have appealed for respect for women and children and called for government to act decisively against abusive men.
They spoke to the media as they were delivering reeds to King Goodwill Zwelithini at his palace in Nongoma, Zululand, on Saturday.
The event is a platform for the king to advise the virgins about how to behave properly in order to avoid sexual activities before they are ready to do so.
Yandisa Ngcobo from Inanda in Durban said maidens were unhappy about the abuse of women.
“We are the flowers of the nation and those who are abusing us should be protecting us,” she said.