18 CATTLE FOR PM’S FIANCEE
he is a jewel of a woman and she is worth more than the 18 cattle”, these were the words of Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini during the lobola ceremony of his fiancée Gugulethu Primrose Simelane at Hluthi.
He was speaking outside of the ceremony while addressing the media.
The prime minister yesterday paid 18 herds of cattle to the Simelane family for his fiancée in a lavish ceremony which attracted throngs of people from the area and from as far as kaNtunja, Endzingeni and Mbabane.
Dlamini described his soon-to-bebride as a jewel of a woman worth more than the 18 cattle that he paid for lobola.
“As you can all see, woman”, he said.
Simelane is a Deputy Principal at Esiweni Nazarene Primary School.
The Dlamini family’s representative also known as Umyeni, Mpumelelo Vilakati announced they decided to she is beautiful pay the 18 cattle as per the Simelane family’s request during the lobola negotiations because they werehappy and satisfied about the bride.
“Contrary to the Swazi culture that umfati akacedvwa (never pay the full bride price), the groom’s family decided to bring the entire lobola request at once to show appreciation of his fiancée,” he said.
Vilakati explained that out of the 18 cattle, 16 were the actual bride price, with one cattle for lugege and one for unsulanyembeti, which are meant for the bride’s mother.
The prime minister arrived for the lobola ceremony yesterday, just after noon fresh from landi ng at t he King Mswati III International Airport.
He was returning from Thailand, Bangkok where he had gone to attend the Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s funeral.
The lobola ceremony started on Friday night, where the grooms’ family arrived at the Simelane’s as per the Swazi culture.
The prime minister’s family was welcomed by Zachariah Simelane, an uncle to the bride ( Babe lom-
ncane). Simelane expressed his appreciation of the gesture made by Dlamini’s of bringing their full request of lobola they had requested during negotiation talks.
As per the lobola tradition, the bride was presented with a traditional dress and doek (sidziya), elegant blanket and carpet instead of a grass mat, which she was told she would use as she embarked her journey as a new wife.
The Dlamini family also presented gifts of blankets to the Simelane women. They were each presented with stylish blankets and doeks.
The two love birds are expected to officially tie the knot next weekend at Matsapha Evangelical Church. Umhlambiso is expected to follow on November 11.
The couple joined by Hosea MP Thulani Masuku and Minister Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane who were among the many people present.