Mswati III, the current King of Swaziland and
head of the Swazi Royal Family reportedly married a
19-year-old girl as his 14th wife.
According to a report in SA, King Mswati’s new
bride who is 19-years-old Siphelele Mashwama happen to be the
daughter of Jabulile Mashwama, a Swaziland cabinet member.
Siphelele Mashwama who graduated from
Swaziland’s Waterford Kamhlaba World
University College is currently in the United
States with King Mswati, who is attending the
United Nations general assembly.
it’s a common tradition in Swaziland
for the king to choose a wife every year. Last
year, the King picked a new bride during the
well-known Reed Dance ceremony, also known
The Reed Dance ceremony is an annual Swazi
and Zulu tradition held in August or
September. In Swaziland, tens of thousands of
unmarried and childless Swazi girls and
women travel to Ludzidzini to participate in
the eight-day event and would-be brides are
publicly checked to ascertain that their
virginity is still intact.