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Old 07-08-2011, 01:31 AM
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Swazi king given legal immunity - News - Mail & Guardian Online
In the paper memo, which was circulated outside all formal court hearings, the chief justice directs the registrar of the high court to refuse any applications involving the king.
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It was predictable; in every absolute monarchy the King is "above the law".
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:09 AM
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S.Africa urged to put squeeze on Swazi king | Top News | Reuters
Leading dissidents from Swaziland urged South Africa on Thursday not to bail out the cash-strapped government of King Mswati III in order to keep the pressure on Africa's last absolute monarch.
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His opponents fear that even a small amount of aid from his giant neighbour will take the heat off Mswati, who has at least a dozen wives, an estimated $200 million fortune and runs the landlocked nation of 1.4 million as a personal fiefdom.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:47 AM
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Daily Nation:*- Africa*|Mswati must learn new lessons
At 18, Mswati ascended to the throne—or rather a kingdom was entrusted to a schoolboy’s care—in 1986. He maintained his father’s, King Sobhuza II, traditions from a bygone era.

Monarchs peddle privileges as real work. Mswati’s “working” includes collecting expensive cars, building million-dollar palaces, issuing decrees, grabbing reportedly the kingdom’s $446 million for royalty and retinue spending last year.

The apex of royal job performance is an annual ogling at bare-breasted virgins and occasional choice of a wife, now numbering 14, some wayward to quench matrimonial thirst. Somehow, the king has acquired assets reportedly worth $100 million.

Twice, in May and June demonstrators hit the streets. They reminded the king they weren’t all that happy. He replied by sending emissaries to empower the unhappy subjects with tear gas.

The Swazi people love their king. They can also love a queen. A potential candidate exists.

The Courier Pigeon newspaper in Australia last week reported that a Swazi student pursuing a Master’s in digital communications hits the books hard and saunters, co-ed style, at Sydney University.

She makes her bed and fries her eggs. Reportedly she doesn’t care much about some traditional Swazi antics. She’s Mswati’s oldest daughter.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:54 AM
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BBC News - Swaziland: A kingdom in crisis
An absolute monarch who rules over 1.2 million people, his government is in financial ruin, running out of cash for salaries, health care and fuel.
The crisis has been caused by profligate spending - on the royal family of 13 wives, as well as unbudgeted wage increases - and a sharp decline in income because of the global economic crisis and new trade rules in the region, analysts say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13963463
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:04 PM
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News about the adulterous Swazi ex-Queen.

Royal wife begs rescue from abuse - Investigations - Mail & Guardian Online
Nothando Dube, who claims South African citizenship through her father, was restricted to her royal residence in July last year after a South African newspaper alleged that she had been caught in bed with former justice minister Ndumiso Mamba at Royal Villas Hotel outside Mbabane.
She told the Mail & Guardian that she has not seen or spoken to the king since and that none of the members of the royal family had confronted her about the allegations, which she denies.
Inkhosikati LaDube said the royal security guards told her she was not allowed to see or interact with her family and friends.
She claims she has endured abusive treatment at the hands of security guards.
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Wife of King Sobhuza II dies July 16th, 2011, aged 79

One of 70 wives of late King Sobhuza II of Swaziland HRH the Inkhosikati Lomakholwa LaMgunundvu died of diabetes on July 16th, 2011.
The Swazi Observer
She was born in January 1932 at Mkhuzweni in the Hhohho region.
She was married by the late King Sobhuza in the late 40s.
In 1953, she accompanied King Sobhuza to England for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
She is survived by five children (Princess Elizabeth, Prince Guduza, Prince Hlangusemphi, Princess Lindiwe, Prince Gcina who is the last born child of the late king Sobhuza), 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was diagnosed with sugar diabetes in the late 90s and has been battling with the disease for so long.
She passed away on July 16, 2011

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-S.Africa loan to Swazi King raises policy questions | News by Country | Reuters

Unions: 'Hyena' king laughing all the way to the bank - News - Mail & Guardian Online
"This decision by the South African government to give King Mswati's regime a financial bail-out is a direct assault on our solidarity efforts to free and liberate the people of Swaziland from this hyena's tyranny," Numsa spokesperson Castro Ngobese said on Thursday.
"This bail-out or loan has made our government 'hug and kiss the most hated hyena'," he said, quoting from a 1984 speech delivered by African National Congress stalwart Oliver Tambo.
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Pressure grows on Swazi king to open up royal slush fund - Africa, World - The Independent
Swaziland is facing mounting calls to open up a secretive fund allegedly used to bankroll the lavish lifestyle of its royal family, to help rescue the kingdom from its financial crisis.
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I am a prisoner, says Swaziland's Queen No 12
As a man with 13 wives, King Mswati III of Swaziland might be expected to take a relaxed view of one who apparently strays from his fold - even if her alleged transgression is with a minister of the crown.
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Angola Press - Politics - Swazi King arrives in Luanda for SADC Summit
The King of Swaziland, Mswati III is already in Luanda to participate in the 31st summit of Heads of State and Government of the SADC on August 17-18.
Being accompanied by the Queen La Mangongo, they were received at Luanda international airport by Angola's Foreign Affairs Minister, George Chikoti and the minister of Social Reintegration, João Baptista Kussumua, as well as the deputy governor of Luanda, Jovelina Imperial.
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Swaziland: Speed dating for the King
Africa's only absolute monarch smiles broadly as he waves to a cheering crowd, who whoop boisterously and wave back.
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Old women gossip. Will he or won't he? Sometimes - but not every year - the king picks a new bride from among women taking part in the annual Reed Dance, or Umhlanga. The buzz among the matrons is what he'll do this year.
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Thousands march against Swaziland king: News24: Africa: News
Thousands of people marched on Thursday against the appointed government in Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy, a day after clashes with riot police in which several protesters were arrested and beaten, an activist and local media said. As a week of protests against King Mswati III came to a head,[...] said more than 3 000 people were marching in provincial town of Siteki.
A further 5 000 were in a stand-off with police at a bus station in Manzini, the landlocked southern African nation's main city, he added.

There were no reports of violence.
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King worried about negative reporting by local journalists
HM the King Mswati III asked local journalists why they always reported negatively about issues in the country, while intentionally ignoring the positives.
He made an example of the country’s recent acquisition of a E2.4 billion loan from the South African Reserve Bank, saying the process had already been put under the negative scalpel of the local media, which did not even bother to find out true details about the loan.
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Swaziland?s King Mswati III has no clothes
Unlike the average Swazi, the monarchy is conspicuously rich.
The royal family is said to control large sections of the economy to the point where it impedes economic activity.
Royal companies are also reportedly exempted from paying taxes.

Fitting epitaph for King Mswati III - Winnipeg Free Press
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The Swazi Observer - Princess Sikhaniso skeeps the Reed Dance
Princess Sikhaniso could not attend the Shiselweni Reed Dance because she was held up at school.
This was announced by Imbali overseer, Ntfonjeni Dlamini during the last day of the three day annual event held at Mbangweni Royal Residence.
Princess Sakhizwe held the reins as Imbali leader.
When Sikhanyiso speaks politics - http://www.times.co.sz/News/32770.html
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Financial crisis is man-made, says King
King Mswati III says the current financial crisis that has gripped the nation is man-made.The King labelled this situation a man-made disaster which is somehow different from similar problems that faced the world.
His Majesty did not elaborate, save to caution the nation that focus should not be on identifying those responsible for Swaziland’s economic downturn but everyone should join hands towards finding a lasting solution to the problem.
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AFP: Swaziland's King Mswati shuffles cabinet
Swaziland's King Mswati III announced a major cabinet reshuffle in a move his critics say is aimed at punishing those who do not toe the line.
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King Mswati III: How long can Africa's most autocratic monarch survive? | Mail Online
Such is the King's arrogance and incompetence, his country is probably closer than any other in sub-Saharan Africa to the sort of uprising we have seen sweeping the north of the continent this year.
'We are in meltdown,' said Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation newspaper. 'It's a terrible pity. There is a huge disconnect between the King and his people. He is on another planet.'
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King Mswati ascended the throne 25 years ago straight after leaving Sherborne, the Dorset public school. He was an unexpected choice to succeed his father, the revered Sobhuza II, who had reigned for nearly 83 years — the longest documented rule of any monarch in world history — and oversaw the country's independence from Britain in 1968.
At the time of Sobhuza's death he had 70 wives, 210 children and 1,000 grandchildren.
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BBC News - Swazi king must give up power, says Bishop Mabuza
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