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Riverlea, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 20, 2011. Virginity testing is an ancient Zulu and Southern African Nguni custom that was revived in the time of Aids to try and find a way protect young girls from the disease, as many fall victim to rape and abuse. It is also a way to celebrate celibacy in a nation with massive HIV rates. Despiote this, there are many critics who say that it either humiliates the girls or marks them as targets for rape as there is a persistant belief that sleeping with a virgin cleanses one of Aids. This ceremony in dumpland near Soweto was named as Umhlonyana or Sweet 16 ceremony to acknowledge Lerata Ndlela's adolescence (she turned 15). Two of the girls were found not to be virgins, and Gogo Thembi Sibisi, a scion of Zulu culture, counselled them and sent other group adults to meet with their parents. One of the girls had been raped by an adult neighbour and the other had sex with a boy of the same age - both pre-teenagers.. Photo Greg Marinovich / Storytaxi.