Swaziland: Cover-Up After Reed Dance Crash Deaths?

Initial reports said 38 girls were killed, later updated to 65 - but police have contradicted that death toll, saying 11 young women and two men died. Journalists are also reportedly being prohibited from reporting on the accident.

  • Swaziland:   'Cover-Up On Swazi Reed Dance Deaths'

    Swazi Media, 31 August 2015

    There is deep suspicion in Swaziland that King Mswati III's regime is not telling the truth about the number of deaths in the Reed Dance road smash on Friday (28 August 2015). Read more »

  • Swaziland:   Call to Cancel Reed Dance After Deaths

    Swazi Media, 29 August 2015

    A rights organisation in Swaziland has called on King Mswati III to cancel the Reed Dance due to take place on Sunday (30 August 2015) and Monday out of respect for the dozens of… Read more »

Photo: IRIN

The annual reed dance - where young women gather from across the country to pay homage to the queen mother - could be seen as an example of "girl power" (file photo).

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