Nandipha Zulu, a Correctional Services Management National Diploma graduate wore imvunulo, the isiZulu traditional attire worn by men only, to her recent graduation ceremony in honour of her father.
According to Zulu, it was her way of honouring her father and family for all their support throughout her studies. “This is the imvunulo my father wears to the Shembe church on Sundays. Today I wear it to show my gratitude for his undying love and support during my studies,” she said.
Zulu could not contain her excitement when her name was called to receive her qualification. She entertained the crowd with some of isiZulu dance moments before her qualification was conferred on her.
She added that wearing the attire was intended to break the gender stereotypes that women were incapable of assuming the same leadership roles as men in the corporate world and in society. To her, it also symbolised that women are now free to follow their dreams, especially in the rural areas, unlike in the past.