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Queens jet off to Vegas while Swazis starve

2012-07-27 09:13

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 chartered jet to the US gambling capital.

This comes after the king just days ago warned the people of Swaziland against the “love of money” during a religious sermon.

The delegation was apparently booked into 10 separate villas, each costing R20 000 a night.

Money for the trip was to come from a national fund.

Swaziland is currently in the grip of a national civil servant strike.

A trade union spokesperson also slammed the country’s royal family saying the trip was an unnecessary indulgence at a time when the country was battling poverty and unemployment.    

Comments
  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-07-27 09:31

    This story doesn't tickle me fancy,Swazis only have themselves to blame,a looota continua!

      lulama.nokubeni - 2012-07-27 09:44

      Why is Swaziland governed by a stupid King anyway?

      twain.smith.7 - 2012-07-27 09:55

      Are you saying it's NOT the whites fault somehow? Wow.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-27 10:08

      We, the SA taxpayers are paying for this! We gave this despot R2 Bil recently. This should be directly credited to Zipper.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-27 10:15

      Didn't SA lend them a few million last year because they were bankrupt? Anyway... they're no different to the ANC, partying it up while the country starves. Have fun, chops, while it lasts.

      willie.vanschoor - 2012-07-27 10:29

      Lulama we have an identical situation in Natal. Why the need for Goodwill Zwelethini costing the SA taxpayer R60m a year!!!

      peter.ndamase - 2012-07-27 10:59

      I guess you also blame yourself for ANC blunders, or not!

      sylvia.shaw.7 - 2012-07-27 11:24

      This is why South Africa needed to lend money to Mswati?? Disgusting.

      lownabester - 2012-07-28 20:37

      Bloody hell, People are starving, This King has no brain. Idiots will always be amongst us.

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-07-27 09:35

    The oppression continues in Africa ... but they will continue to blame the imperialists ...

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-27 11:27

      Who are "They"?

      rontheogre - 2012-07-27 11:35

      Simple answer. All the people that blame the imperialists while pi$$ing away money taken from their starving and impoverished people. Only these in denial need an explanation.

      Warwick - 2012-07-27 14:07

      "They' are the so called indigenous people of this continent. Blame, blame, blame yet keep your corrupt leaders and their many wives and children in power to get fatter and fatter while the rest sit, with there sad brown eyes and hands held out (African salute)BEGGING.

  • josie.brits - 2012-07-27 09:38

    AG, NOT TO WORRY, WHEN THEIR MONEY IS UP, SOUTH AFRICA WILL JUST SHOOT THEM ANOTHER R2bn LOAN AGAIN.......!

      Johan - 2012-07-27 09:52

      They actually never got that money. Otherwise they would have flown around the world by Lear Jet.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-07-27 09:38

    Somebody needs to tell Mswati exactly what happened to the last royal family of Russia and how he's playing directly into that scenario...

  • gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-07-27 09:44

    Nice one Queens, maybe they jetted off in Malema's Cesna while he stays behind and fights for the rights of the Swazi masses...

      Squeegee - 2012-07-27 11:59

      Nope, no Cesna could carry the weight...

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-27 09:44

    and south africa bail them out..a smack in the face

  • ron.bilyard - 2012-07-27 09:45

    Let them eat cake!

      vanetia.mentor - 2012-07-27 10:01

      lol.... i only saw your post after i thouth the very same thing.... hope the cake tastes dry!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-27 10:16

      I hope the fat F's choke on it!

  • vanetia.mentor - 2012-07-27 09:49

    wow.....let them eat cake !you know what followed that statment way back then.... ok africa...time to stop being Sheeple! rise up...take up your arms... while the royal family cruises the Strip.

  • sekalf.nroc - 2012-07-27 09:52

    their fat asses won't fit in the seats at the roulette tables - nor in a plane seat. This is why they have to charter a plane

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-07-27 09:54

    Greedyand selfish African leaders.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-07-27 09:54

    Greedyand selfish African leaders.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-27 09:55

    Typical..the fat f*ck king and his concubines live it up while his subjects starve !! WELCOME TO AFRCA !!

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-27 10:49

      They are doing exactly wot zuma is doing and has done .....mentality thats wot it boils down to

      isaac.nkwaliyenkosi - 2012-07-27 15:24

      loleeest

  • dmazibuko - 2012-07-27 10:08

    \King\ Mswati is damn useless!!!

  • Ditantane - 2012-07-27 10:10

    this ladies will be gambling our 2b taxes and on top of that the swazi citizens are overcrowding our streets.

  • sifiso.mahlalela - 2012-07-27 10:13

    cant there be a state that can supply guns to the citizens to fight the bloody king?

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-27 10:50

      No because u give them firearms and all whites in our country will die .................

  • reubenk3 - 2012-07-27 10:16

    the swazi king has really lost it, people are starving, and he has the audacity and nerve to send his wives on a gambling spree in las vegas. If the swazi kingdom is not overthrown, then people will continue to suffer

      rontheogre - 2012-07-27 11:39

      Sigh, this is the price has HAS to pay to have a bit of a holiday and silence in the palace :)

  • ana.curcic - 2012-07-27 10:25

    And Zuma will make it four. Watch this space.

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-27 11:29

      But Why must you bring the presidents name into this?

  • paul.myers.984 - 2012-07-27 10:32

    This really takes the cake.

  • adelino.pedro.16 - 2012-07-27 10:47

    our leader they dont think about us ,we still in midle of dead and live ,why you have to spend lot of money in gabling while people strungling with provety african people why you want to eat the fund of nation?no houses no developments ,think about it one day you will remember what the future will say....

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-07-27 10:58

    not really shocking, same kinda thing happens here.

  • mpumelelo.mgwigwi - 2012-07-27 11:16

    I think those who are shocked about this are not South Africans really what is new samething happens here in front of us,Zuma is marrying left ang right don't forget second transition(marrying young girls)after getting second term

      jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-27 11:30

      Rubbish!!!!

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-07-27 11:48

    YES all with South African taxpayers money!!!! Last year this time our dear anc rulers gave Swaziland R2 billion (R2,000,000,000) Nice sum to charter a flight for the king's wives, book them into Villas at R20,000 a night. MR ZUMA: YOUR REACTION> CHUCK ME FARLIE - just in Africa, JUST IN AFRICA

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-27 11:49

    The epitomy of African Traditional Leadership. Now think about Afriforum's report yesterday stating that 20 million South Africans are living on traditional land (and therefore subject to traditional leadership values (in return for a virtually compulsary vote for the anc). Makes you think, doesn't it????

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-27 12:41

    Using part of the money the loal neighbour, South Africa, had lend them?.

  • Nada Nozimbali - 2012-07-28 01:03

    ('__') ****speeechless****

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