Sunday, August 24

Wife No 11

Southern Africa's last absolute monarch, Swaziland's King Mswati III, has picked his 11th bride - and has already paid an "admission of guilt" fine for courting a virgin.

Last week, King Mswati, also known as the "Ngonyama" (lion), paid a fine for breaking the "Umchwasho" chastity rite which bars young maidens from sex for five years.

The rule is an attempt to combat a high HIV/Aids rate in the tiny country.


Living the dream.

King Mswati, whose father, King Shobuza II, had more than 70 wives at the time of his death in 1982.

Those are some big shoes to fill.

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