King of Swaziland wants to make me his (14th) virgin bride, says woman seeking asylum in the UKA young woman is seeking asylum in Britain after she spurned the advances of the polyamorous King Mswati III of Swaziland (pictured right) and refused to join his harem of 13 wives.Tintswalo
Ngobeni, 22, fled to England from the southern African nation as a
teenager after she caught the attention of the millionaire monarch, a
notoriously oppressive ruler known for his lavish lifestyle.As part of Swazi custom, King Mswati III, 45, is permitted to choose a new bride every year.Miss
Ngobeni, who now lives in Birmingham, was just 15 when the King made
his advances after seeing her at the palace of his fourth wife,
LaNgangaza. She said she was ‘terrified’ when she learned of his
added: ‘He started calling me at boarding school. He would ask me if I
wanted to be a part of the royal family. I had to keep quiet about my
fears but I knew I didn’t want to get married to him and have a life
devoted to the king.
wives are kept in their palace, surrounded by bodyguards, and they
can’t really go anywhere unless the king says so. The only thing they do
is go to America once a year, as the king gives them a shopping
Miss Ngobeni was
| The Reed Dance ceremony, pictured, is known as Umhlanga and sees |
thousands of Swaziland's 'prettiest virgins' dance topless for King
Mswati III, every August, hoping to be his next wife.
forced to abandon a comfortable lifestyle in a private boarding school
as her aunt, who was her chief guardian, arranged the escape to England
to join her mother, who moved to Birmingham five years earlier, fleeing
an abusive husband.‘I didn’t have a choice,’ she said. ‘Nobody has ever turned down the king or dares to disobey him, so I just disappeared.’Since
her arrival in England, Miss Ngobeni has become a vocal opponent of the
oppressive Swazi regime, where political opposition parties are banned
and activists routinely arrested or assaulted.
However, Miss Ngobeni’s high-profile
activities, including weekly protests outside the Swazi embassy in
London with activist group Swazi Vigil, have caught the attention of the
authorities in her home country and she now believes she is in more
danger than ever.
Source: King of Swaziland wants to make me his (14th) virgin bride, says woman seeking asylum in the UK