King Mswati picks 15th wife

MBABANE - Swazi King Mswati III, 45, has chosen 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant Sindiswa Dlamini as his 15th wife.

Dlamini was selected at the annual Reed Dance, where thousands of Swazi maidens dance bare-breasted for the king’s pleasure.

“I wish to confirm we have a new liphovela (royal fiancée),” announced Hlangabeza Mdluli, the overseer of the maidens.

Dlamini was presented to the king and the Swazi people at a Reed Dance in the southern provincial capital, Nhlangano, on Saturday.

The main Reed Dance, at which Mswati has chosen previous wives, was held in central Swaziland last month.
In recent years, an additional Reed Dance has been held in the south to broaden the king’s choice from his young female subjects.

Dlamini was a finalist in the Swaziland Miss Cultural Heritage beauty pageant this year.

Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, attended the dance in traditional attire and brandished a fighting stick and cowhide shield when he reviewed a formation of maidens lined up for Mswati.

A hundred members of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) election monitoring team also attended. The election observers jostled to get their pictures taken with the king.

Swaziland holds parliamentary elections on Friday, although its Parliament does not have any power in sub-Saharan Africa’s only absolute monarchy.

“No doubt the king timed the Reed Dance and the public presentation of his new fiancée to entertain the Sadc election monitors,” said Solomon Masango, a local youth guidance counsellor.

“He succeeded. Everyone who comes to Swaziland wants to see the king’s harem. They were thrilled to get their pictures taken with the king.”

Mswati’s fiancée will be cloistered in one of the king’s many palaces until the wedding, to be held in private next year.

 

Comments (18)

please women let you voice be heard ,are you happy with this,....

ManDon - 18 September 2013

ndozvavanoda vakadzi izvi..

T-man - 18 September 2013

This is an acceptable traditional practice in Swaziland. We as outsiders may not like it but traditions vary and have to be respected

Petso - 19 September 2013

she is too young king have mercy

malunga t - 19 September 2013

This is an archaic tradition which is an embarrassment to humanity! It should be abolished like any other traditional practice that no longer suit modern society (e.g using young women to appease "avenging spirits").

Semhalo - 19 September 2013

all single women wishes to be in her position. if they say otherwise, its only because they are jealous...

peter tosh - 20 September 2013

all single women wish to be in her position. if they say otherwise, its only because they are jealous...

peter tosh - 20 September 2013

all single women wish to be in her position. if they say otherwise, its only because they are jealous...

peter tosh - 20 September 2013

all single women wish to be in her position. if they say otherwise, its only because they are jealous...

peter tosh - 20 September 2013

all single women wish to be in her position. if they say otherwise, its only because they are jealous...

peter tosh - 20 September 2013

all single women wish to be in her position. if they say otherwise, its only because they are jealous...

peter tosh - 20 September 2013

monarchial democracy, ... my people perish because of lack of knowledge. What of those who are not His people. God help us for we know not what we are doing.

trueman - 20 September 2013

this shows one thing abt women.they are naïve,stupid,surrogate and attracted by savvy juicy things that leads to doom.so many are being tapooed by rich businesspeople and wasted just for nothing.all that gliters is not gold vasikana.unoonekwawo riini if u are nu 15.wl u ever feel a husband.wat of aids.sure beauty pageants and even the educated kunoiswa pabarika just bcoz is a president

mabhogora - 21 September 2013

ruchiwa muchinyanya, iko kushandiswa muchikudawo stereki makwikwi ekunaka kana waona kunaka woparika zvaipa, pamaadverts asina kupfeka ndiani iko kupfeka chaiko kwanza ifashoni its my right kana yaright yeakanganiswa pfungwa zvaipa let me end by saying the TEN COMMANDMENT IS NOT A MULTIPLE CHOICE

taipei - 21 September 2013

based on humanitarian grounds this is rediculuos, kungotora vakadzi ndookutonga here amana, inga mwari vakasika munhu vakamupa mukadzi mumwechete wani, vakati ndiye mubatsiri wako akakukwanira. vese ungavagutsa here zvavanoda. thats abuse

momblow - 24 September 2013

ko chii chimwe chavanoda vakadzi except kudya zvakashandwa nevamwe poor women kungwarira zvekupesanisa ma families nekuroya.turn to god women most of you are very evil sorry to say this .murinyoka .Mukadzi kwaye talk to me and here what you have in mind

chitova - 30 September 2013

thanks for preserving our culture there is nothing wrong in the swazi culture.

cybok - 30 September 2013

He is only 45 yrs and hve 15 wifes,wat if he reaches bob's age in power, how many wifes will he be having? scary he-e.This is madness

todiizvazvo - 21 October 2013

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