His Royal Majesty, King Mswati III of Swaziland has taken another wife. Mswati III married 19-year-old Siphelele Mashwama, daughter of Swaziland cabinet minister, Jabulile Mashwama as his 14th wife, during the recent Umhlanga Annual Reed Dance. Swazi king chooses.
The new bride for the Swazi King has been confirmed by royal festivities overseer, Hlangabeza Mdluli following a common tradition in Swaziland (Swazi) which permits the King, Mswati, to choose a new bride every year, Maravi reports.
Swazi king chooses
Reports say a long time tradition in Swaziland permits the the Sherburne-educated King to choose a new bride every year (August), in the Swazi Reed Dance Festival where he parades and tests topless under aged virgin girls publicly to celebrate chastity and unity and to ascertain that their virginity was still intact.
It has been a long time tradition in Swaziland and not the first time this controversial issue is making it into the news. Although, many consider this barbaric and backward, it’s a tradition the people willingly embrace as the aim is to help King Mswati choose a wife.
As part of Swazi custom and norms, that time of the year has come, when the King chooses his bride and again, he has reportedly tested some of the volunteered girls’ virginity before choosing a wife for himself.
The new bride, Siphelele received red feathers known as emagwalagwala, a bird associated with the royal family during the reed dance. She graduated from Waterford Kamhlaba World University College.
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The new bride is currently in New York in the United States, where the 49-year old King is attending the United Nations General Assembly.