What Really Happens at the Annual Incwala Ceremony; An account by a former Inyatsi Regiment

The following is an account by a former regiment, who has since joined the revolution, of what actually happens during the Incwala ceremony. Read this true story and finish it, then print it and send it to more people and save many lives.

 My name is Sithembiso Simelane. My regiment initiation name is Sukulwenkhosi. I am 38 years old, born at Lwandle, near Manzini, but now I live at Nkhaba in the Hhohho region with my wife and two daughters.

 These months, November, December, January, and February are months that belong to evil activities in Swaziland as per Swazi culture. This is the time for the annual Incwala ceremony, known in the traditional circles as the national prayer. Many of our people do not understand the evil rituals that take place during this Incwala season.

Image The Christian community has tried to criticize the monarch for continuing to host this ceremony but their calls have always fallen on deaf royal ears. However, some pastors and Christians have decided to embrace these rituals so as to put themselves in the king’s good books when it comes to appointments into Emabandla (king’s advisors or parliament) as the king declared that Incwala is holy.

 I’m telling you this story so as to reveal the reality that people in Swaziland do not know, and to warn Swazis against supporting this Incwala ceremony blindly. Many people have been killed in Swaziland for fear that they were witches or wizards. It is so amazing then because royalty, more especially the monarch, continues to practice witchcraft and at a very high rate.

I was a member of the Inyatsi regiment for about 10 years and got to see all the evil that takes place in the royal residencies and more especially at Ludzidzini royal residence (Lobamba).

 Now that the king has gone into seclusion, he will be stationed at Mantjolo (near Mbabane) where there is a spirit snake, known as LaMlambo, belonging to the Mnisi clan. There, he will have the snake lick him all over the body for many days. As the snake licks him, the belief is that it cleans him of all the troubles he faced this year so that he emerges a new and strong person the next year.

 As he is licked by this monster (LaMlambo), Bemanti (water party) go on a journey to Maputo and some to RSA for sea water in the oceans. They carry small calabash containers called “sigubhu sencwala”. They stay there for days as they watch the sea and also following the moon-cycle.

When the full moon emerges they fetch the sea water and return back home after slaughtering a beast in thanks to the king of the sea known as “Inyoka Makhandakhanda”. They then return through two border posts as they raid our people everywhere they pass up until they reach Ludzidzini.

The raids are for (kuncutsa) collecting everything that presents each and every homestead all around the country (‘Insila’ in siswati) They then reach the royal residence and on that day Incwala Lencane begins at Ludzidzini. The king is seen there dancing with Emabutfo (regiments) and joined by the Queen mother. Many believe it is just a dance yet there are evil rituals taking place there.

 The king then commissions boys from all over the country to go and fetch the sacred shrub, lusekwane. The purpose of lusekwane is to cover Inhlambelo, a small krall inside the big kraal at Ludzidzini. Inhlambelo is where much of the evil activities take place.

The reason only young virgin males are allowed to take part in this event is because the evil spirit snake does not allow men who have had sexual intercourse before, or those that have children, to be closer to it for it considers them to be unclean and will defile the muti and weaken the king. That is why at Ludzidzini there are signs that say “women are not aloud this side” more especially at the official entrance of Sibaya. Even when the nation has been called to Sibaya women enter through the sides of Sibaya, not the main entrance, for they are seen as a threat to mswati’s powers.

Lusekwane is cut only when the full moon emerges and a sacred song is sung known as “SIYAMNTUNTUZELA, LUYADLALA LWANDLE”. This song is sung only once a year and then banned until the next lusekwane time. When the boys return with lusekwane, the expert elders then start the patching of inhlambelo until no eye can see through. This happens as the young men show their strength by bringing very huge and heavy shrubs to show their strength to the king. One thing they do not know is that the old men are angered by this because the big shrubs are useless as it is not easy to use them for these types of shrubs are too thorny. Only the small ones brought by very young boys are used for it is easy to use such.


Then there will be the catching and killing of the bull event. There are two sessions for this one. The first one is held at three in the afternoon a day before Incwala lenkhulu. The king expects the boys to show their strength by killing the bull with bare hands. They quickly jump onto the bull each with the hope of being the first one to grab it so that the king notices them. The secret here is that these young men have the hope that if the king notices their bravery, they will get promotions in their respective jobs, especially if they are in the security forces, or if they are unemployed, they hope to get jobs in the army or the police.

So they beat the bull with fists until it is so tired that it cannot do anything. mswati believes that this action signifies that his people, as they always try by all means to rise against him, will suddenly decide to abandon that action and be confused by his muti. The bull is then taken into the Inhlambelo where mswati awaits it, naked. The young men hold down the bull tight as the king inserts his erect royal penis into the bull’s anus. He has sex with it until just before he ejaculates.

On ejaculation a horn is brought so he ejaculates into it (hence the praises “uchamela enkhomeni nakumuntfu” – translated “one who ejaculates inside a beast and also inside a human being”). The sperm is poured into the horn so that it can be used whenever the nation has been called to Sibaya or any national event.

The sperm is mixed with the food that is cooked for the people on those events or ceremonies so that the people can love the king so much and be very afraid of rising against him. An ugly scene once occurred some years ago as he had sex with the bull.  It got out of its coma and all hell broke lose. It pushed him to the side and he started screaming for dear life until we managed to overpower the bull and its throat was cut to ensure it was dead.

 Once the bestiality process is complete, he then washes using muti on top of the dead cow.

 What inspired me to join the struggle for liberation was when I heard mswati, as he bathed on top of the bull using muti, chant about Mario Masuku and Jan Sithole saying “Ngiyamncoba Mario lonyaka! Ngiyamehlula Jan lonyaka! Angeke bangikhone! Ngimi lo! Angeke ngehlulwe ngemadvodza lamanye! Angeke balitsatse etandleni kimi! Ngalinikwa nguMahlokohla leli!” I was convinced that maybe mswati saw these men as a threat to his throne.


 After cleansing himself on top of the bull, the boys are then ordered to go to the nearby river to bath (kususa sinyama). They then go to sleep up until 2am the next morning when a trumpet sounds again to announce the second session of catching another beast.

This one is not killed but just held so strongly into Inhlambelo where the king repeats his bestiality tendency then ejaculates on the horn again and then wash on top of it with muti as he continues to chant about Mario and Jan. He then moves out to Indlunkhulu where two of his wives, LaMatsebula and LaMotsa, await him naked and he has sex with both of them for a short while but then ejaculates into his horn (hence the saying uchamela enkhomeni nakumuntfu).

These two wives, LaMatsebula and laMotsa, only serve this purpose at the royal family. They are known as ‘’Tesulelamsiti’’, which basically means it is where the king cleanses himself and removing all his dirt on. On the two women is where mswati leaves his demonic evils so that they carry it whilst he remains clean.  

As he is at Indlunkhulu the bull is then released back to other cattle for a whole year and is then killed the next year during Incwala in the fashion of the first beast. The boys are again ordered to go and wash at the Lusutfu River (kususa sinyama).

 Early in the morning, on Incwala day, very young boys who haven’t reached puberty are called to feast on the killed bull which mswati was fucking the previous day. It is believed that only such boys can eat it and not be affected by the strong muti.

 The next day is the official Incwala, where everybody will try to appear traditional by being part of this activity. The king joins this dance after checking the guard of honor and the singing of the national anthem. After the two hours of dance, the media is then chucked out of the royal kraal as some evil activities continue. This is the time for kulahlelwa ngeluselwa. Luselwa is a fruit cut from tintsanga. It is coated with strong muti and is thrown at one of the boys by the king. The boy, after it has been thrown at him, has to run faster than the king back to Inhlambelo lest he gets insane for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, most of the boys fail to run faster than the king because he throws the fruit and runs first. When the boy picks it up and tries to follow, the king is, by that time, already at the entrance and the boys lack the courage to push him aside so that they can be first to enter. At the end these boys literally go insane and are given employment in the army to cover this problem.

 I must reveal here that these boys to whom the fruit was thrown later usually commit murder, a direct cause of being thrown at with the luselwa. They include even those from the time of the late king Sobhuza II such as Vacu Magongo who is Indvuna yemabutfo and also in the king’s advisory committee.

 During the process of kulahlelwa ngeluselwa, these young boys are given small shields with no sticks in them (imigobo). They are always chosen from the Inyatsi regiment kraal (about 20 boys in total) and ordered to dance at the entrance to the small kraal (Inhlambelo) for this session. Senior regiments dance far at a distance, in the middle of Sibaya so they don’t see a thing.

The king then comes out of Inhlambelo dressed in some funny attire made up of grass and tree branches and inyoni (head gear) on his head and painted all over his body with black lotions (muti). He dances into a song that says “uyinkhosi yamakhosi” (you are king of kings”) as he moves forward into the terrified boys and back carrying the fruit.

On that occasion mswati seems like a mad man and he terrifies the young boys and the Indvuna will shout “do not be afraid of your king, he can’t harm you, he loves you all.” This is known to be a way in which the king cleans himself of all the evils of Incwala with the strong muti and all negative energy which he deposits onto one of the young boys who then loses his mind.

 The next day is known at kutila (day of fasting) Many things are not allowed on this day. You do not sit on a chair, you do not cook, you do not sing and you do not fold you arms. Once you are seen doing this you are fined money by the water party which roams all around the royal residence.

 There is then the last day known as kushiswa kwelukhuni. In this activity all the Insila (dirt) that has been collected by the water party all around the country and the remaining muti and spells used for Incwala is then burnt at the centre of the royal kraal as people dance to traditional music. This one is very dangerous because it marks the end of Incwala and all who attend inhale the smoke and receive the spirit of being docile into their lives. After all this then begins the weeding of the king’s fields to prove that Incwala was successful. Men will abandon their fields at home to weed another man’s fields, very huge for that matter.


The above account is my own. It is meant to open Swazi people’s eyes and minds so that they see beyond the government’s propaganda that Incwala is holy. I must state that Pastor Justice and other pastors were correct when they said Incwala is unGodly. Indeed, nothing can be Godly with a man having sexual intercourse with a bull every year, having sexual intercourse with two of his wives in full view of other men, yearly causing at least one young boy with a bright future to go insane with the use of muti, and forcing many men to abandon their own fields so that they can go and weed his own fields.”



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