Elders deny allegations of wife offering

It's been alleged the group offered Hlaudi Motsoeneng 10 women from which to choose a wife.

Motsoeneng met with the traditional leaders two weeks ago to discuss their dissatisfaction with the way Venda healers were represented by the national broadcaster. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Elders of the Mudzi Wa Vhurereli ha Vhavenda, a lobbygroup of Venda traditional leaders and healers said they are insulted at the allegations that they offered a selection of women from which to choose a wife, to the SABC acting chair, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, calling the allegations "disgusting".

The group held a media briefing on Sunday morning which was led by traditional Venda customs and rituals.

Motsoeneng met with the traditional leaders two weeks ago to discuss their dissatisfaction with the way Venda healers were represented by the national broadcaster.

Elders and two of the young women today told the media they wanted to set the record straight.

Doctor Gladys Thidziambi, who acted as an interpreter said, "We are coming here to rectify to say no, we didn't do that. What we did was offer a cow and its calf."

Thidziambi explained the girls (four, and not 10 as reported) were used to usher in the cow and calf to Motsoeneng and at no stage was a woman offered.

Meanwhile, the Commission for Gender Equality says it's investigating a complaint that alleges one of the women was a 10-year-old child.

The cultural group says the allegation is unfounded.