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Cultural experts are not happy with Durban Gen, here is why

By Nhlanhla Maseko

Cultural experts are not happy with one of the scene which was recently played on e.tv's Durban Gen that came as a replacement for Rhythm City.

Durban Gen is a South African show that tells different stories about the lives of health workers while at work and outside at work. Durban Gen recently has been on a storyline of a mother loosing both a husband and a son who is believed to be killed by his older brother. The storyline involved the show's characters such as DR Mbali Mthwethwa, Agatha Dlamini and Thabo Dlamini. The storyline included a scene whereby Mbali Mthwethwa was cleansed by her mother-in-law who also lost a husband after agreeing that she will marry her husband's older brother, Thabo.

However, Cultural experts are not happy about the scene whereby someone who also needs cleansing was shown performing a cleansing ceremony for DR Mbali Mthwethwa.

Cultural expert being Loyiso Ngevu speaking about that scene or episode said, "This is a distortion of culture. Someone who is still under a dark cloud cannot perform a cleansing ritual because they both need to be cleansed. In this case, the mother-in-law is also unclean and a cleansing ceremony will not be successful".

"I've always said that this play, along with many other tv productions are misleading the viewers. I watched the episode with a heavy heart because i know for a fact that this is a distortion of our african culture",DR Nomagugu Ngobese said.

"However, i understand this could be a true reflection of our society. It is highly possible that somewhere in Africa, a woman who is still mourning her husband is allowed to perform a cleansing ritual. Even if this is the case, it'd still be wrong amd we'd expect the writers to show the correct way of performing a cleansing ritual",DR Ngobese added.

Durban Gen is however not wrong in how things were shown as this can still be a lesson to many. If things go wrong going forward for Mbali, what her mother-in-law did could show that such cultural wrong things being done have consequences in the end.

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Source:

https://www.dailysun.co.za/Celebs/durban-gen-in-trouble-with-cultural-experts-20211103

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