- A picture of a young black woman kneeling in her graduation gown between two guys carrying a sign that reads "Lobola has officially been raised" has gone viral
- The image, which was probably meant to inspire, received mixed reactions from Twitter users who thought the essence behind lobola was being lost
- Hundreds of people shared their opinion on the practice of paying and accepting lobola as a whole
Paying lobola for a young woman has for a long time been a celebrated practice. The higher the payment, the more honour it is for the woman's family. Things like children from previous relationships, virginity and education are among the factors that influence the amount of lobola paid.
While in older times cows were often accepted as payment, evolution has made cash payments acceptable too.
The picture is of a young woman kneeling in her graduation gown while two men stand beside her holding up a mini-chalkboard that reads:
"Lobola has officially been raised."
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The image, which was recently shared by controversial parody Twitter account, @AdvoBarryRoux, attracted the attention of tweeps who shared mixed reactions to the young woman's weird flex, which was obviously aimed at showing off her graduation achievement. The picture was instead called "problematic".
One user, @Qhawe88399948 wrote:
"This lobola practice is unwittingly placing black people into debt and selling women. But ke, let me tool and continue with my business."
While @Im_Malochah said:
"Most of the people don't know why we pay lobola. They think lobola is a get-rich-quick scheme."
@Qhawe88399948 agreed with the previous statement and responded by saying:
"I think nobody really knows any more. We all make up assumptions for what it was or meant to be. This is because our customs were never written down, so who can say with 100% certainty that after the first guy to practice lobola it was not changed and kept on changing over generations."
Meanwhile, in other Briefly.co.za news, an Australian husband as been called brave for punching a shark that tried to kill his wife. The 35-year old woman, Chantelle Doyle, who was surfing at a popular Australian beach, had to be airlifted to the hospital after she was mauled by the shark -
Mark had allegedly saved Chantelle by punching the shark multiple times, driving it away from his severely hurt wife.
Mark and his wife Chantelle Doyle were enjoying a good surf session at a popular New South Wales beach in Australia when Chantelle suddenly became the victim of a shark attack. According to a Daily Mail article, the 35-year old woman was attacked by the shark on her right calf and back of her thigh.
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