At 19 years old, Siphelele Mashwama is king Mswati’s latest and youngest wife in terms of age who was confirmed as the new bride for the Swazi King Mswati by royal festivities overseer, Hlangabeza Mdluli.
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Siphelele, was a student of Swaziland’s Waterford Kamhlaba World University College. Notably, Siphelele was rated as the most “eloquent presenter” when she attended a conference at Rochester University in 2016, and presented a paper on empathy or luvelo.
Siphelele is the daughter to Dr Petros Jabulile Mashwama, is a lecturer in the computer science department at the University of Swaziland and also a Swaziland Cabinet minister.
Sphelele Mashwama was a student of Waterford College when she decided to participate in the 2017 annual Reed Dance, and by virtue of being chosen by the king she will automatically drop out of school as she is now engaged to him, and is expected to undergo certain cultural grooming in preparation for the royal marriage.
On the main day of the Reed Dance, on Monday September 4, the king’s fiancee had already been informed about the picking as she emerged clad in a unique traditional attire, with the top bearing a lion, a symbol reserved only for the king in Swaziland.
She had also donned red feathers on the head, which are only reserved for members of royalty and can never be worn by an ordinary citizen under any circumstances.
Also remarkable during the dance was that, unlike other maidens, Sphelele was dancing under tight police and army security and men who were spectators were warned not to approach her as she was the special maiden of the day.
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