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Swaziland's king teeters on the brink / Features / Home - Morning Star
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Adulterous king's wife 'kicked out of palace'

AFP: Swaziland king's 12th wife 'kicked out of palace'
Swaziland's king Mswati III's 12th wife, who was last year caught in bed with the justice minister, said on Sunday she has been kicked out of the palace after pepper-spraying a security guard. Nothando Dube, also known by the royal name Inkhosikati LaDube, was ordered to "immediately leave the palace' by royal governor Timothy Mthethwa and other members of the royal family, according to reports.
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She said an altercation ensued between herself and the guard as she was "physically prevented" from leaving the palace.
"I had to protect myself so I pepper sprayed him in the eyes," she said.
The matter was reported to the Queen Mother, who apparently decided that she had been disrespectful and had to be kicked out.

King's 12th wife kicked out | News.com.au
Mswati's 12th wife kicked out - Times LIVE
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Royal aide denies eviction of Mswati's wife - News - Mail & Guardian Online
A senior official in the Swazi palace on Monday denied reports that King Mswati's 12th wife Nothando Dube had been banished from the royal household after quarreling with a guard.
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"The inkhosikati [queen] is visiting her home and she will return," said Timothy Velabo Mtetwa, regarded as the prime minister for traditional affairs.
Mtetwa said the queen, known as LaDube, was visiting her grandmother in northern Swaziland and was expected to come back.

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Old 12-03-2011, 11:12 AM
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The misery of a mismanaged monarchy in Swaziland - The Globe and Mail
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Chief Sipho Shongwe, of Nduma Royal Kraal in Motshane in the Hhohho region, has died.
Shongwe’s demise was confirmed by both his mother Princess Salaphi and Timothy Velabo Mtetwa, the acting Ludzidzini Governor, in separate interviews yesterday.

His Majesty King Mswati III appointed Shongwe to serve as a member of the Border Restoration Committee headed by Prince Khuzulwandle in 2008.
Mtetwa said Shongwe’s death had already been reported to traditional authorities.
He described the chief’s demise as a huge loss to the institution of the monarch and the entire Swazi nation.
The distraught princess said it was around midnight on Monday when the chief, who was born on November 5, 1958, succumbed to death while undergoing treatment at the Mbabane Clinic.
"My last born son was defeated by kidney failure after being admitted at the clinic last Tuesday," she confirmed. "However, he never demonstrated any signs that he would eventually die as he looked sprightly as ever and chatted with family members without any problem."
King Sobhuza II, as per the princess, enthroned Sipho as chief in 1978 (aged 20) and assumed the name Chief Magodze – a name which was never popular.
His father was the late Chief Mbetsambalo - the son of Chief Mzululeki.
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:08 AM
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Swazi royal family thrown into sordid disarray - Politics | IOL News | IOL.co.za
The idiom “Put your own house in order first” is taking on a special meaning for Swaziland’s King Mswati III.
Beyond the palace, he is facing increasingly vociferous demands for multiparty democracy even as the national treasury runs dry.
At home, he is confronting a revolt of a different sort as three of his 13 queens have abandoned the palace since he took the throne in 1986.
And more of his queens are trying to break out of the palace.
A royal source says some of the queens are frustrated as the king has allowed many months to pass without “visiting” them. They accuse him of seeking his pleasures outside the palace instead.

allAfrica.com: Swaziland: Mswati's Very Bullish Year
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Mandela's grandson weds Swazi princess

AFP: Mandela grandson's wife to challenge third marriage
The first wife of Nelson Mandela's grandson is seeking to have her husband's wedding to a Swazi princess annulled in court, the Sapa news agency reported Sunday.Mandla Mandela, 37, defied a court ban to marry Mbali Makhathini at the Mvezo Royal Palace in rural Eastern Cape province on Saturday.
Mandla is a grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela and also a member of parliament. He heads the Mandela family clan.
A South African court Thursday granted Tando Mabunu-Mandela, his first and currently only legal wife, a ban on him marrying another woman, for the second time in seven months.

Nelson Mandela grandson facing contempt of court - Telegraph
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:01 AM
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The Swazi Observer - The King disperses Libutfo

Libutfo are traditional age regiments of the Swazi men. The annual ceremony creates connection between Swazi king and his men. At the ceremony the permission to wed for the men is also granted by king. See more at Google books.

The Swazi Observer - King admitts 2011 was a very difficult year
King Mswati III conceded that the outgoing year was a very difficult one for the nation, saying it was worthy of praise that the country came out in one piece.
Addressing thousands of emabutfo when he dispersed them, marking the end of the Incwala sacred ceremony which began last November at the Engabezweni Royal Residence yesterday, the Ingwenyama noted that the fiscal challenges the country was faced with dug deeper on the nation’s coffers and by extension, its developmental programmes.
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Mandela Grandson takes third wide, provoking court battle with #1 - New York Amsterdam News: African
Polygamy remains deeply entrenched in South Africa as confirmed by the recent marriage of Mandla Mandela, grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, to his third wife, Swazi princess Mbali Makhathini. Mandela carried out the wedding despite a court ruling upholding his estranged wife's rights to an exclusive union. Mandla Mandela's estranged wife - Tando Mabunu-Mandela- had won a court ruling prohibiting her husband from marrying another woman while their marriage subsists.
Polygamy is technically restricted under the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act - signed by Nelson Mandela - that states that until the Mandela marriage is dissolved, he cannot marry anyone else
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In Swaziland, a King tries the patience of his people - The Globe and Mail

As they walked away from the rubble of their destroyed homes, the people of KaShali could see in the distance the newest lavish palace of the man who ordered the demolitions: the King of Swaziland.

King Mswati III, the last absolute monarch in Africa, has ruled Swaziland for 25 years, banning all political parties and placing himself above the law. But when he tried to demolish hundreds of houses on farmland near the country’s biggest city, the homeowners did something unexpected: They fought back in the courts – and won a ruling in their favour.
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'Jealous foreigners made us poor' - Africa | IOL News | IOL.co.za
Swaziland's absolute monarch, King Mswati III, has blamedforeigners who are “jealous” of his rule for his country's economic troubles, in his annual State of the Kingdom address to hundreds of traditional warriors.
Speaking in Swati at Engabezweni royal village, 30km east of Mbabane, Mswati described his critics as “timfu mona (jealous people)” who wish to see Swaziland collapse.
“What is really surprising is that some of these people are our own (Swazis) who are assisting those who want to bury the country,” Mswati said, referring to pro-democracy groups who, although banned in Swaziland, have become more vocal this year.
Mswati gives three scheduled speeches a year: on his birthday in April, a declared national holiday; at the opening of Parliament in February; and when he dismisses the traditional warrior regiments after they have completed a month of tribute labour.
Of these, only his speech to the warriors is unscripted and is believed by political observers to express Mswati's true mood and opinions.
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Coca-Cola accused of supporting Swaziland dictator King Mswati III | Mail Online
Coca-Cola has been accused of supporting the regime of Swaziland dictator King Mswati III.
The Swaziland Democracy Campaign, an organisation that aims to depose Africa's last absolute monarch, has called on the multi-billion dollar drinks giant to pull out of the country immediately.
The U.S.-based beverage firm owns a manufacturing plant in Swaziland - its biggest facility in Africa.
Mswati, who presides over one of the poorest nations in the world despite a personal wealth of £64million ($100million), has even visited Coca-Cola's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
'Coca-Cola must know they’re doing business with the wrong people,' Swaziland Democracy Campaign spokersperson Mary Pais Da Silva told the Guardian.

BBC News - Coca-Cola urged to abandon Swaziland's King Mswati III
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His Majesty King Mswati III has conferred the Equatoguinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo with the Order of the Lion award. - Full article
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HM King Mswati III made his first external trip this year when he jetted out of the country to Equatorial Guinea yesterday.
The King will be attending the official opening of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which that country will be co-hosting with Gabon for the next three weeks. - Source
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Year of prosperity, gifts - King
HIS Majesty King Mswati III has announced that 2012 will be a year of prosperity and gifts following difficulties the country experienced last year.
The King declared that in 2012 things will be better as this will be a year of gifts for everyone in the country, urging people not to worry. Preaching at Lozitha Palace at a church service themed ‘prayer for God’s sustaining goodness for the year 2012’, the king said 2011 was not a good year for the country but through trusting God, the nation survived.
He said God guided Swaziland through a tough period last year and would do the same for the country as long as the people placed their hope in Him. The King said God has been with Swaziland in the toughest times.
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4 words from the King
His Majesty the King’s Speech from the Throne on Friday when he officially opened the fourth session of the ninth Parliament of Swaziland.
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His exact words were, "We look upon government to continue to spend sparingly and implement prudent fiscal expenditure measures, in order to inject life back into the local economy."
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King Mswati the third, the absolute ruler of Swaziland, is having marriage problems as two of his wives have abandoned him and gone to South Africa, and one of his remaining 11 wives reportedly also tried to leave but is under house arrest. Bankrupt Swaziland is struggling to treat people in hospitals and educate children at schools, and many citizens are blaming King Mswati’s lavish lifestyle for the country’s financial predicament.
Swazi King Loses Two Wives - Still Has 11 | Africa | English

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MEET the African princess who's been living incognito as a student in Sydney, keeping such a low profile that most classmates don't even know they're brushing shoulders with royalty. And just like Denmark's Prince Frederik before her, she hasn't ruled out taking an Australian home.
Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini, the eldest daughter of Swaziland's King Mswati III, has been in Australia since February, studying for a masters of digital communication at Sydney University.
Her modest flat near the CBD is a far cry from life in her landlocked nation — it is just 1 1/2 times the size of metropolitan Sydney — where she has servants and can't walk the streets without being mobbed.
She is even doing her own cooking — although she admits it's been a tough learning curve.
"Living here is very different. I have to do my own bed and my own cooking — I had to ask my aunty how to fry an egg," she laughs.
Having already studied in the US, the princess said she always wanted to experience life in Australia.
"I heard (Aussies) were the friendliest white people ever — and besides that fact they don't look too shabby," she said.
So does that mean she might consider taking an Aussie home?
"It would be really hard and I'm not sure if my family would allow it, but I like it here and I would love to live here," she said.
While the princess lives a relatively glamorous life abroad, conditions for Swaziland women remain poor, given that before 2006 they had the legal status of minors and were unable to own property or open a bank account.
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By Sapa The 12th wife of Swaziland’s King Mswati was forced out of the royal palace on Saturday, following an altercation with a security guard, according to a report.
Inkhosikati LaDube was ordered to “immediately leave the palace” by royal governor Timothy Mthethwa, the Sunday Times reported.
LaDube, 23, told the newspaper she had tried to leave the palace last Saturday in order to take her child to hospital, but had been prevented from doing so by a security guard.
The two-year-old child had injured herself while playing.
“[The guard] threatened to hit me, saying I am not going anywhere with my child, who was bleeding with a deep wound,” she said.
The argument became physical and was reported to the Queen Mother, resulting in LaDube’s eviction, according to the newspaper.
Her three children remain at the palace.
Swaziland Solidarity Network, a pro-democracy umbrella organisation, condemned LaDube’s “inhumane” separation from her children.
It said the eviction had in fact been ordered by the king because of earlier infidelity allegations against LaDube.
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