Maiden on wheels flipped when Bayede greeted her with a smile

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Maiden on wheels flipped when Bayede greeted her with a smile

Wheelchair-bound Nokwethemba Vilakazi was determined to be noticed by the Zulu monarch

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In a sea of thousands of maidens, wheelchair-bound Nokwethemba Vilakazi, 27, stood out from the crowd with her bright smile and steely determination. 

She wanted to be noticed by Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini as she presented her reed to him at the annual Umkhosi Womhlanga.

When she got to the top of eNyokeni palace, in KwaNongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday she could not contain her excitement after the monarch spotted her and smiled...

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