Lobola or engagement first: Mzansi debates century-old custom

Lobola or engagement first: Mzansi debates century-old custom

- A twitter user, @koketsoL2, sparked a debate on social media when he posed the question, "Lobola first or engagement ring?"

- A heated discussion ensued over the practice of lobola and how it was compared to a white wedding and engagement ring

- The debate switched focus a number of times, with some people confusing lobola with marriage

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How people merge cultures and customs together sometimes makes new and interesting practices. However, when a couple of traditions dealing with the same cultural practice overlap, it can create some confusion.

This is the case with Twitter user @koketsoL2; he posed a seemingly simple question online and kicked off a debate on social media.

He wanted to know if lobola should be paid first or offer an engagement ring. This appears to be somewhat of a grey area and Mzansi is divided over what the correct practice should be.

"Lobola first or engagement ring? "

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South Africans took to the comments section to set things straight but no clear consensus was reached and the debate rages on:

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It seems that many people favour lobola but not because it is a grand romantic gesture but it is the usual thing to do and apparently more straight-forward... sort-of.

Lobola or engagement first: Mzansi debates century-old custom

Lobola was traditionally paid in cattle, today a sum of money is usually agreed upon. Photo credit: @YFM
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ndoni Mcunu posted a video to Twitter using the handle @NdoniMcunu, showing the romantic proposal her fiancé made in front of her parents.

He bends the knee and puts a ring on his fiancée's finger to the applause and delight of the family.

"Perfect Zulu proposal."

The couple proposed in front of the entire family. Briefly.co.za learned that she captioned the video:

"The perfect Zulu proposal in front of our parents. ❤️"

In other news, a woman, who was simply identified as Malondi, wrote how her boyfriend betrayed her.

She revealed her boyfriend claimed he could not afford to buy an engagement ring. So, she took it upon herself to buy the ring. However, instead of proposing, her bae took the ring and pawned it to fix his car.

Her post read:

"I bought an engagement ring for him to propose, because he once told me he couldn't afford to buy one for me. He took the ring, pawned it and fixed his car. I'm still breathing through the wound!"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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