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Sep 4th, 2012
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Over 80 000 imbali who attended this year umhlanga ceremony yesterday danced before His Majesty King Mswati III and the Queen Mother as well as their guests. The maidens ignored the wind, which blew up a dust storm and was a bit chilly at times, and went on and danced passing in front of Their [&hell...
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Aug 8th, 2012
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A founding member of Swaziland’s banned opposition People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) party said Swazis expect King Mswati III to make meaningful democratic reforms rather than hold an insincere “people’s parliament.” Tuesday, the king began a three-day people’s assembly called the “sibaya”...
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Aug 6th, 2012
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MBABANE, Swaziland: Every day, King Mswati III and his retinue of 13 wives face tough choices. Should they drive the BMW or the Rolls-Royce? Which plush palace to sleep in? Jet off to Dubai for a shopping spree or to Las Vegas to play the tables? Doris, a 35-year-old nurse who lives in the capital [&...
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Aug 6th, 2012
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King Mswati III of Swaziland taunted the West and his domestic political opponents on Monday, saying their dreams of a popular uprising in Africa’s last absolute monarchy would not be realised. “Some from the Western world have been waiting patiently and nursing hopes that the people of S...
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Jul 27th, 2012
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Johannesburg – There has been widespread condemnation for the Swazi royal family after it emerged that three wives of Swazi King Mswati III are planning a lavish Las Vegas gambling holiday. The Mail&Guardian reported that the wives would be part of a royal delegation of 66 people flying per...
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May 28th, 2012
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Swaziland – Swaziland exiles called for a boycott of the 6th annual Bushfire festival this weekend to protest the kingdom’s government policies. But the boycott did not appear to slow the three-day musical and cultural event. Thousands of people happily dance on the grass to the tune of a...
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Apr 12th, 2012
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Though the Swazi opposition wishes otherwise, Thursday’s annual April 12 observation of the day the country was transformed from a democracy to sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarchy will by most predictions be a low-key affair. Security forces have been deployed to ensure no groupings of protes...
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Apr 10th, 2012
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By Peter Kenworthy, Africa Contact Last years April 12 protests that called for democratisation of Swaziland’s absolute monarchy, amongst other things by removing the state of emergency that has been in place since April 12 1973, were thwarted by countless road blockades, detainments and police viole...
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Mar 20th, 2012
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The newly formed Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) has demanded the registration and participation of political parties in next year’s parliamentary election, despite strong government opposition. “Now is the time for the country to allow political parties in terms of the elections,” said T...
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Feb 27th, 2012
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Mbabane – The sacked chief editor of the Swazi Observer newspaper said on Monday that he has fled to South Africa in fear of his life after receiving a tip-off that police wanted to arrest him on terror charges. Musa Ndlangamandla, once a royal advisor to King Mswati III, who owns the paper, wa...