No fewer than 38 virgins have been killed in an auto crash on their way to the festival where Swaziland King chooses wives.
was a post i made long time ago , with photos showing underaged virgins
being tested publicly by the king of Swaziland to be able to pick a
wife. According to Daily Post, the tradition in Swaziland(Swazi) permits the King, Mswati, to choose a new bride every year (August),
in the Swazi Reed Dance Festival where the King parades and tests
topless under aged virgin girls publicly to ascertain that their
virginity was still intact.
Sherburne-educated king is known to pick his wives from the girls who
perform for him at the traditional dance, a tribute to the queen mother.
The King had chosen a 19-year-old virgin from the dancing maidens last
year August, who became his 14th wife.
of Swaziland reports that dozens of girls and young women were killed
during the weekend, as they travelled to the traditional festival where
the King of Swaziland was to pick a new bride from thousands of topless,
the open-topped truck collided with another vehicle, before being hit
by a second truck as it travelled along a motorway between the Swazi
cities of Mbabane and Manzini earlier this weekend, at least 38 girls
who were to partake in the annual event, lost their lives,” according to
the report, “and about 20 survivors were being treated.”
As the story goes, the authorities in Swaziland are being accused of trying to cover up the accident from human rights group.
The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) claimed the police attempted to discourage media report on the deaths.
were however, restricted from the scene according to Swazi journalist,
for security reasons, but reports on the tragedy, described the scene as
chaoic, as parents began to arrive at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial
Hospital, in Manzini.
One of the survivors, Siphelele Sigudla, 18, told newsmen,
“We were about 50 on board the first truck that smashed into the Toyota van.”
SSN has called on the royal family to reconsider going ahead with the
festival, which sees about 40,000 participating in the eight-day
hope that the families of the deceased girls will hold the royal family
accountable for the deaths of their children,” the SSN group said in a
statement, as it alleged a similar incident had been covered up
“The least that the royal family can do at this moment is to cancel this year’s reed dance.”
The King in his condolence statement, said:
all have heard about the dark cloud that has befallen the ‘imbali,” he
said, using the Swati language word for flower, used to refer to the
groups of women dancers.
at the opening of an international trade fair in Swaziland’s economic
center Manzini, he promised that the affected families would be
compensated, adding that investigation into the accident was ongoing.