South Africa has sent its condolences to the neighbouring Kingdom of Swaziland following a road accident which claimed the lives of many young women.
According to reports, over 30 maidens were travelling in an open truck along the Mbabane Manzini highway on Friday night when it hit another vehicle.
They were on their way to the annual traditional Umhlanga Reed Dance – a festival, meant to celebrate womanhood and virginity.
In statement on Saturday, President Jacob Zuma conveyed a message of condolences to King Mswati III and people of Swaziland.
“The South African Government sends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the government and the people of the Kingdom of Swaziland following the tragic loss of young lives and shares in the mourning of the families, as well as the relatives of the deceased. We wish the injured speedy recoveries,” said President Zuma.