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    Posted: May 18 2013 at 5:28pm

King of Swaziland wants to make me his (14th) virgin bride... so you must let me stay in the UK: Woman's plea for asylum after fleeing African monarch



  • Tintswalo Ngobeni, 22, fled to England from Africa as a teenager
  • Caught attentions of King Mswati III - monarch notorious for lavish lifestyle
  • Began contacting her at school when she was just 15
  • Wants asylum saying she could be arrested or even killed if she returns


Plea: After fleeing the Swazi king, Tintswalo Ngobeni seeks asylum in the UK

Plea: After fleeing the Swazi king, Tintswalo Ngobeni seeks asylum in the UK

A young woman is seeking  asylum in Britain after she spurned the advances of the polyamorous King Mswati III of Swaziland 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 marriage intentions.

She 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. 

'His 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 allowance.'

Miss Ngobeni was 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.

Culture: The Reed Dance ceremony, pictured, is known as Umhlanga and sees thousands of Swazilands prettiest virgins dance topless for King Mswati III, every August, hoping to be his next wife.

Culture: 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.

Fears: Miss Ngobeni believes she could be arrested or even killed if she has to return to Swaziland

Fears: Miss Ngobeni believes she could be arrested or even killed if she has to return to Swaziland

‘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.

Amorous: As part of Swazi custom, King Mswati II, 45, is permitted to choose a new bride every year

Amorous: As part of Swazi custom, King Mswati II, 45, is permitted to choose a new bride every year

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.

 


    She said: ‘Recently I had news that people had been sent from Swaziland to come and get me, which really scares me. If I went back, I would be arrested or much worse as there are people there who are tortured, beaten up or killed for being politically active.’

    Miss Ngobeni now lives in fear of having to return to Swaziland, after her first plea for political asylum in England in 2007 was denied in 2011.

    Last month, she was arrested and taken to an immigration detention centre after 18 months of reporting weekly to the authorities. 

    However, after pressure from the TUC and the office of Roger Godsiff, Labour MP for Birmingham, Miss Ngobeni was released and has now been granted an appeal by the Home Office.

    Mr Godsiff said yesterday: ‘We were very pleased solicitors were successful in achieving a judicial review into Miss Ngobeni’s case.’

    The father of 27 children, King Mswati III was a guest at the William and Kate wedding as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations last summer.

    The king’s sixth wife escaped from the royal harem last year, citing years of ‘emotional and physical abuse’ by her husband.

    A spokesman from the Home Office refused to comment.



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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zsazsa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2013 at 5:29pm
    I don't think my title makes any sense but too ill to even fix it. 
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote melikey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2013 at 5:31pm
    i saw a documentary about that family.
    he is a pervert but i don't believe her story. 

    ETA, I believe what she says about him, but i don't think that is why she is seeking asylum.



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    I feel for her. That's a horrible situation. I hope she gets political asylum. I remember reading a book about Idi Amin's regime in Uganda and there was this woman who literally had to flee for her life because it was either become Amin's mistress or be killed. That woman was so beautiful, I remember the picture. Sexual oppression is a legitimate reason for seeking asylum. Gay people have been known to obtain it when they come from extremely homophobic countries when their lives are being threatened (I'm thinking of all the cases in Latin America at one time. Or even Jamaica)
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    Originally posted by melikey melikey wrote:

    i saw a documentary about that family.
    he is a pervert but i don't believe her story. 

    ETA, I believe what she says about him, but i don't think that is why she is seeking asylum.

    What in the documentary gave you that impression? I know nothing about them.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (18) Thanks(18)   Quote BBpants Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2013 at 5:38pm
    Sick I would run away too. The king looks so gross.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (10) Thanks(10)   Quote CherryBlossom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2013 at 5:40pm
    Eww. 

    He's fat, gross and hairy.

    No thanks.

    I hope she gets her asylum.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote zsazsa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2013 at 5:41pm
    Melikey, I don't believe that he is looking for her or is even concerned about her whereabouts! ole girl just wants to stay in sh*tty weather Britain. 
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote JoliePoufiasse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2013 at 5:42pm
    Originally posted by zsazsa zsazsa wrote:

    Melikey, I don't believe that he is looking for her or is even concerned about her whereabouts! ole girl just wants to stay in sh*tty weather Britain. 
     
    Please explain. I need some background info...
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zsazsa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2013 at 5:43pm
    The story of the King (and the country) is quite fascinating. I remember watching a documentary a couple years age
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