Published in Sowetan on 19 Sep 2001


010919so - Royal decree Sex ban on girls under 18

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In 2001, King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, reinstated for five years the umchwasho rite, banning sex for girls under 18. The move was ridiculed as old-fashioned and unfairly focused on girls, and the king himself was accused of ignoring it.

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King Mswati III


Swaziland •Sex ban

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