Fact check: Did the eSwatini government lower the age a girl can get married, for the king?

Fact check: Did the eSwatini government lower the age a girl can get married, for the king?

Recent rumours of the eSwatini Parliament changing the law to allow the king to get married to girls as young as 14 angered South Africans. However, it seems there is no truth to the rumours as the government denied the passing of such a law.

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South Africans were angered by rumours that the legal age of marriage was changed to only 14, according to reports on social media.

These reports stated that the eSwatini government passed a law that would make it possible for King Mswati III to marry 14-year-old girls who are still virgins.

The reports also (falsely) quoted an elder from the area as saying the king has to marry a virgin and can't have a wife that has been with other men.

A report by The Citizen, however, indicates that the government denied that such a law has been passed.

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According to Africa Check, Percy Simelane, the eSwatini government spokesperson, there was no discussion about changing the law and it was never passed.

Parliament was dissolved before elections around June 2018. We have just emerged from elections and parliament will be reopened in February 2019. That is when we can discuss or pass laws.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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