The attire she wore on Club 808 last Friday got a lot of people talking, including a cultural rights group.
According to Sowetan, the outfit, which was worn as part of African month, is sacred and only worn by initiates and inyangas..
Sheila Mbele-Khama, commissioner at the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL), told the publication that although they didn’t receive any complaints, Boity should not have worn the beads for fashion or events outside the practice.
We are not allowed to pass on beads. It’s like one’s medication. The neck beads she has on are for qualified Ndau and Mnguni initiates. There is a specific medicine inside them and they are worn only after graduation,” she said.
She explained that the white beads on Boity’s wrists symbolise someone with a calling and still searching for a path to travel.