What miniskirts ban? asks Govt
MBABANE - Government has since disassociated itself from the 1889 piece of legislation banning women from wearing miniskirts in the country.
Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Wendy Hleta told our sister publication the Times Sunday that the law against these body revealing clothing items was enshrined in Section 49 (b) of the Crimes Act No.6 of 1889.
Swaziland has since come under heavy international criticism following the story of the illegality of miniskirts and skimpy clothing.
In a statement issued by Government Press Secretary, Percy Simelane, government stated that the story, which has become topical has not only been blown out of context but turned into a sensational lie.
"Government has not deliberated or taken a position to that effect in recent times or any other time, nor has it ordered the arrest of anyone wearing miniskirts.
We believe the fact that the news item is based on a law that was passed during the colonial time era in 1889 should be evident enough that the issue may not be a recent state position," he said.
Simelane also stated that His Majesty King Mswati III may not have passed the law as alleged in the international media because even his father King Sobhuza II had not yet been born when the law came into force.
He said the King does not pass laws but only assents to a law passed by both Houses of Parliament.
Simelane further disclosed that Section 28 (1, 2 and 3) of the National Constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland (2005) protects the freedom and rights of women in the country such that no custom may be imposed on them.
The government press secretary said any law that is not in the spirit or is not in conformity with the Constitution is void as explicitly stipulated in Section 2 (1).
He said the process of reviewing all laws that are in conflict with the Constitution continues.
"The Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland has consistently stood against rape and no amount of justification on why it is perpetrated against women and children shall ever be acceptable.
"In this country rape remains a statutory crime," he said.
Since being published the story has gone viral on the Internet.
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