A previous township phenomena in the mid 2000s was 'swenking' (from English 'swank') and 'swenk-offs' where young and not-so-young men dressed up and competed to out-peacock each other (see Wikipedia: Swenkas).


In a country riven by AIDS, the Swenkas' insistence on cleanliness - washing is a recurring motif in the film - and the promotion of "chaste conduct" are difficult to fault. (See New York Times on the film, The Swenkas').


For some interesting thoughts on swenking and the Izikhothane see Julia Makhubela's Ms Jay blog.

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