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Old 02-18-2012, 02:01 PM
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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.
Swazi king's wife kicked out
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:44 PM
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Swaziland to ban anti-Mswati tweets
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Swaziland plans to crack down on criticism of King Mswati III by making it illegal to bad-mouth Africa's last absolute monarch on Facebook and Twitter, the justice minister said on Friday. "We will be tough on those who write bad things about the king on Twitter and Facebook. We want to set an example," Justice Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze told the senate.
Really bad idea. Over-censorship is the first nail in the coffin of any system.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:22 PM
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The economist recently did a piece about King Mswati's royal motorcade. I discuss it here

Pomp and Poverty in Swaziland, Africa’s Last Absolute Monarchy | Carolyn Harris: Royal Historian
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:09 AM
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Swazi king’s 6th wife absconds, citing years of abuse
King of Swaziland's sixth wife leaves palace over abuse
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The sixth wife of Swazi King Mswati III has left the royal compound, the Swaziland Solidarity Network has said. “She left the royal household on Saturday night, citing many years of emotional and physical abuse by her husband as the reason for her departure,” the network said yesterday. Angela “LaGija” Dlamini had been unhappy for a long time and had thought of leaving for many years, a royal guard had told the network. She left the palace to visit her parents in Hhohho, northern Swaziland. From there, she disappeared.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:24 AM
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:45 AM
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Maybe that's about to change? I sense wind of changes for Swaziland.

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The first known public opinion poll ever taken in Swaziland on governance issues puts to rest the myth that King Mswati is universally beloved by the Swazi people. “King Mswati’s people insist he has the following among Swazis of a religious leader like the pope. The Gallup poll disproves that. It shows 43 percent of Swazis disapprove of the way he is leading the country,” said Alison Thwala, a political observer in Manzini. A Gallup poll taken of 1 000 adult Swazis found that 56 percent of Swazis approve of Mswati’s performance – a stark contrast with the universal support the Swazi royal family claims to enjoy and which it takes as its mandate to run Swaziland as an absolute monarchy.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:12 PM
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Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, 'First Lady' Of Swaziland, Is Our New Style Queen (PHOTOS)
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We have to copy and paste her name to get it right, but Inkhosikati LaMbikiza is worth it: the Swaziland royal is a serious style queen.

While King Mswati III of Swaziland has multiple wives as per Swazi cultural tradition, Inkhosikati (Queen) LaMbikiza is seen most often representing her country alongside her husband at diplomatic events. That includes the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which brought King Mswati III and Inkhosikati LaMbikiza to England this past weekend to fete Queen Elizabeth II's sixtieth year on the throne.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:48 PM
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I don't want to be mean, but the words "style" and "Inkhosikati LaMbikiza" should not appear in the same sentence again.
Then again, the whole world is literally talking about her, so who's having the last laugh?
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:59 PM
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I think her dress probably reflects their culture. Maybe she thinks the others dressed wierd,
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I think her dress probably reflects their culture. Maybe she thinks the others dressed wierd,
I really doubt any of her fellow citizens would have enough money to spend to look that bad. If you look at her fellow southern Africa queen consort, the Queen of Lesotho, there is an extreme difference in style and taste.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:53 PM
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I didn't know whether to be angry or embarrassed for Queen Swazi. At first I thought her attire was some sort of in-joke that none of us were IN on.

Were those feathered platform shoes by Christian Louboutin? It looked like it. In fact, I am sure every unfortunate thing she wore cost major $$$$.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:54 PM
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I don't want to be mean, but the words "style" and "Inkhosikati LaMbikiza" should not appear in the same sentence again.
Then again, the whole world is literally talking about her, so who's having the last laugh?
OMG... She looks a hot mess. If I were the Queen I wouldn't allow her to stand next to me!! LoL
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She was a total mess. As I said yesterday in another thread --- if your husband is going to loot the. country's treasury the least you can do is spend some $$$$ on a stylist from Paris not the Wal Mart hall of fame
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She was a total mess. As I said yesterday in another thread --- if your husband is going to loot the. country's treasury the least you can do is spend some $$$$ on a stylist from Paris not the Wal Mart hall of fame
in her case that would be the wall of shame, although I am pretty sure she raided the entire WalMart prom queen/bridesmaid section for this weekend. His other wife dressed much better at Williams wedding.
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Swaziland queen flees to South Africa: family source | The New Age Online

The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said Friday.
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Swaziland Virgins Parade In Front Of King To Celebrate Chastity, Unity (PHOTOS)
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LUDZIDZINI ROYAL VILLAGE, Swaziland (Reuters) - Thousands of bare-breasted young Swazi women paraded in front of their king to celebrate chastity and unity, dismissing criticism of the lavish ceremony in one of Africa's poorest countries for its last absolute monarch.
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Members of the Swaziland parliament have passed a vote of no confidence in the government in such large numbers that King Mswati III is obliged to sack his cabinet, if he is to stick to the letter of the kingdom's constitution.
allAfrica.com: Swaziland: King Exposed By No-Confidence Vote
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:10 PM
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'Rape-provoking' miniskirts and crop tops banned by king of Swaziland with offenders facing six months in jail
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Women in Swaziland have been banned from wearing miniskirts and crop tops because they 'encourage rape' - and offenders face a six-month spell in jail. Police in Swaziland, the last absolute monarchy in Africa and an incredibly conservative nation, have resurrected an archaic colonial criminal act from 1889 to stop women wearing clothes that expose their body.
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So how many wives does he have now? Between wives running away and new ones being added it is hard to keep track.
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The king currently has fourteen wives and 23 children. His wives are:
- Inkhosikati LaMatsebula (ritual wife)
- Inkhosikati LaMotsa (ritual wife)
- Inkhosikati LaMbikiza
- Inkhosikati LaNgangaza
- Inkhosikati LaHwala (she's the one that left the King and their two children in 2004 and currently lives in South Africa; they are still married though)
- Inkhosikati LaMagwaza (left the King and their two daughters in 2004, after having an affair. Married to a South African now but, as far as I know, she never actually legally divorced from Mswati)
- Inkhosikati LaMasango
- Inkhosikati LaGija (she is rumoured to have left the King and their daughter in 2012)
- Inkhosikati LaMagongo
- Inkhosikati LaMahlangu (she was the one that was pretty much abducted from school in 2002 and whose mother demanded her return. Since then, she has had two children with the King and is now his official wife)
- Inkhosikati LaNtentesa
- Inkhosikati LaDube (she had an affair with the King's friend and was ordered to leave the palace, and her three children, in 2011. She is still legally the King's wife though)
- Inkhosikati LaNkambule (the King married her in 2007, when she was 17 - in violation of the laws which he himself promoted, which forbade marrying woman under the age of 18)
- An unnamed 14th wife who still has no children *

* Strictly speaking, he has thirteen wives and one bride. According to Swazi tradition, the King can only legally marry his fiancée until after she has fallen pregnant. Until the time, she is called "liphovela" or "bride". As far as it is known, his last wife hasn't given birth to a child yet, meaning she is still technically his bride.
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