King Mswati III of Swaziland has taken another wife. During the recent Umhlanga Annual Reed Dance, King Mswati III chose 19 year-old Siphele Mashwama as his 14th wife.
The Reed Dance, also known as Umkhosi woMhlanga among the Zulus in South Africa has boosted tourism for the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. This year 45,000 maidens participated in the festival. The Reed Dance is a colourful cultural celebration held to promote respect for young women, preserving the custom of keeping girls as virgins until marriage.
King Mswati III, Swaziland’s King and Head of the Swazi Royal Family, has echoed strong sentiments against divorce. The King revealed his anti-divorce beliefs during an Easter meeting with local pastors at his Engabezweni Royal Residence. There are concerns that if tabled, the King’s anti-divorce views could become law, and women would be greatly affected if divorce is banned.
Swaziland’s Housing and Urban Development Minister, Phiwayinkosi Mabuza, says the country should raise taxes and legalise dagga to boost the economy. Recently, the National Commissioner of Police Isaac Magagula, called on the government to do a study to establish the “desirability or otherwise of legalising the drug”
Swazi teachers who mete out corporal punishment will face disciplinary action Swaziland Education Minister, Phineas Magagula says