Dressed in beaded skirts, clutching machetes and mobile phones, women and girls danced and sang tributes to the king and queen mother - also known as the Great She-Elephant - in a traditional Umhlanga Reed Dance to celebrate womanhood and virginity.Celebrations: Thousand of virgins took part in the event in honour of a royal family which has in some quarters been criticised for being out of touch with a country where many live in abject poverty King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at 0million, faced unprecedented protests last year when his appointed administration ran out of money after a 2009 recession in neighbouring South Africa.JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The Dalai Lama says he is canceling his planned visit to Botswana "due to exhaustion." A statement on the website of the Tibetan spiritual leader says he has written to the president of the southern African nation expressing "profound regret." The 82-year-old had been expected to visit on Tuesday.China's government, which has been known to pressure countries against hosting the Dalai Lama, had warned against the Botswana visit.The Tibetan leader's statement also says that "during the past few weeks, His Holiness has found that carrying out his activities has left him unusually tired." It says doctors have warned against long journeys.
Dethroned but fighting on: Seretse renounced his tribal thrown and returned to his homeland as a private citizen alongside Ruth in 1956.The Dalai Lama's statement says he thanked Botswana's president and government "for their unwavering principled stand to welcome him to their country, despite overwhelming pressure not to do so." Neighboring South Africa in the past has denied the Dalai Lama a visa to visit.Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to separate Tibet from China, which he denies.While State lawyer, Otsile Rammidi, concured that Dubane should not have been humiliated, he argued that the sum of P120 000.00 was too much “for a man who only ran for a minute”.“He should at least be given P27,000 and not the amount that he claimed because such things should be expected in military training,” Rammidi said.