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Teen-age King’s Wedding Postponed

March 19, 1987

MBABANE, Swaziland (AP) _ The marriage of 19-year-old King Mswati III to the daughter of an Anglican clergyman has been postponed indefinitely, the royal palace announced.

A four-day wedding ceremony was to have started Thursday, but the king’s private secretary, Duma Hlatshwayo, issued a statement Wednesday night that it was postponed until further notice.

No official reason was given for the postponement. The South African Press Association said there had been speculation in Mbabane that the royal family would delay the marriage because the queen mother and other royal elders were upset by efforts of the bride-to-be’s father, the Rev. Percy Mngomezulu, to publicize the wedding.

King Mswatim who was enthroned last year, had selected 17-year-old Sibonelo Mngomezulu to be his first wife. He is expected to take many more over the years.

Miss Mngomezulu was one of thousands of young Swazi women who danced in the traditional Reed Dance a few months before the king’s coronation. According to stories told in the capital, but not confirmed by the palace, the young king spotted Miss Mngomezulu while watching a videotape of the dance.

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