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Swazi King demands R400m commission

2011-08-27 10:08

Johannesburg - Swaziland's King Mswati III has demanded that R400m be paid to him as commission, for getting the South African government to lend his cash-strapped country money, the Saturday Star reported.

Swaziland Solidarity Network spokesperson Lucky Lukhele said he had been informed that Mswati "arrogantly and stupidly" made the request.

"This is like the Mafia. He loves money and it is destroying our country," he said.

Earlier this month, South Africa agreed to lend Swaziland R2.4bn, with conditions.

These included Swaziland's undertaking confidence-building measures and implementing fiscal and related technical reforms required by the International Monetary Fund.

Mswati has often been accused of fiscal mismanagement and autocratic rule. He has also been criticised for his lavish lifestyle while his subjects live in abject poverty, exacerbated by high levels of Aids.

Comments
  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2011-08-27 10:11

    wtf?

      Brieuse - 2011-08-27 10:14

      +1

      BoB - 2011-08-27 10:16

      This guy is a political clown.

      Marshall - 2011-08-27 10:23

      Why am I not surprised? Unique idea though; bankrupt a country by being greedy and spending the states funds on oneself, and then further profit from putting the state into debt! Grand plan...coming soon to a Limpopo near you!

      Gomez - 2011-08-27 10:26

      And clear it becomes why it was cash strapped in the first place....As if we didnt know but thanks for telling us anyway king!!

      Mano - 2011-08-27 10:35

      Rejects from HELL!!!

      Molyone - 2011-08-27 10:35

      Anyone know if the money has been paid - or is it still on hold (There were conditions attached) Just hold it back

      debrakayestylist - 2011-08-27 10:38

      Like "Moeletsi Mbeki FOR President" on facebook, this is his perspective Looking@fat salaries of SAgovt brcrats& corps. Mbeki says a Chinese CEO w/>10k wrkrs earns equivalent of R300k. In SA he'd be earning millions. He berates "African middle class"& their love 4 the "life of the colonialist ". The only way nationalists can live like colonialists, Mbeki said, was by "becoming govt officials. Yet they overlook that colonialists ran a productive system linked to the economy of a mother country. This is why African economies grind to a halt after independence."

      StBad - 2011-08-27 10:54

      Take the loan back...

      roboman1 - 2011-08-27 11:09

      whats wrong with that, this is Africa, he wants 400 million comm, which he will get if he agrees to pay Zuma and his cronies 40 million comm. One hand washes the other, the African way....nKosi sikilele i'Afrika

      Anton - 2011-08-27 11:10

      All dictators are the same; RUTHLESS, USELESS AND GREEDY !!!

      Fred - 2011-08-27 11:26

      This is what happens in the African boeties club. Help the dictators to rip their countries off as much as possible. It's what Zuma and his cronies are doing, so why be suprised at this monstrous tub of sh*t doing the same to his people. Question is, are we still going to give him the money????????? Of course we will, he's our brother !!!!!

      DoublySalmon - 2011-08-27 11:34

      Swaziland is what South Africa would have been like without Apartheid and without the NP and without white minority rule.

      Pupuzela - 2011-08-27 11:59

      R 400 million? What a disgrace! We could hold 4 youth festivals with that money!

      sipholess - 2011-08-27 12:48

      Sweti will scoop a percentage, the Swazi goverment will get a percentage and a certain few ANC bigwigs will get their share. "The African way" Taxpayers........ it's time to lubricate your sphingters !

      Eugene - 2011-08-27 14:09

      I find such a demand rather funny as he's actually an absolute monarch.

      Jacob Zuma - 2011-08-27 15:01

      He deserves it. We need more brave leaders like him in Africa. Amandla!

      Hangman - 2011-08-27 15:06

      hahaha and here I thought he was going to take the whole lot, guess some african countries are turning themselves around...

      Hangman - 2011-08-27 15:07

      you think thats bad, can you imagine what the ANC kickback will cost them.

      Oompie - 2011-08-27 15:19

      @Jacob Zuma - I like your humour! Problem is that some people may take you seriously.

      Vince York - 2011-08-27 17:05

      Kings are to Democracy as Freedom of Speech is to the ANC. http://bit.ly/pkPrCi http://bit.ly/ou8sxY http://fb.me/G1xH2454

      Neil - 2011-08-27 17:20

      Yes. I made the statement a few weeks ago someone would want a hand out. Out of that commission a part will most likely find it's way back to Zuma. Holy sh*t these lot are predictable.

      Shrike - 2011-08-27 17:32

      So how much is Juju getting?

      AirAction - 2011-08-27 17:36

      GREED!! GREED ! Africa when will we learn.?

      Anton - 2011-08-27 17:53

      And than to think, that this piece of crap, sits in on meetings of the SADC, to determine OUR future !!!!!!!!!

      braveheart - 2011-08-27 18:38

      The people from Africa are so clever - but in such a WEIRD way! Why can they like think and act like the rest of the world?

      FinalJustice - 2011-08-28 08:28

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      The Observer - 2011-08-29 08:37

      hehehehe. If you're so dumb to lend them the money then no simpathy. I'm just pi.sed that is is my tax monies. Same with lending bob money or any other african state. The leaders (as in this country) send their wives to that imperialit country england which they hate so much to buy those expensive imperialist goods, eish!

  • Kaapie - 2011-08-27 10:12

    What he should get is a smack against the ears and then kicked out!!!!

      croix - 2011-08-28 14:25

      Delusions of 'Entitlement'! He might be better served by 400 million "klappe teen sy vet kop" !

  • Realist72 - 2011-08-27 10:13

    That's logic for you right there ...

  • estee.mente - 2011-08-27 10:13

    no surprises thereno surprises there

      Dominic - 2011-08-27 12:21

      Was a mild surprise to me. I had expected a similar amount to go into ZEE. Let's see. Total "commission" probably between 0.8 to 1 billion which leaves about 1.6 billion for the country. Of course, like Cuba, they won't have to repay it. But that's not the ANC's problem. That's just the tax payer's problem. Most of them don't support the ANC anyway.

  • RIMRIM - 2011-08-27 10:15

    What a P#*@

      chappy - 2011-08-28 10:39

      oes?

      Trilkop - 2011-08-29 10:04

      eanut?

  • Deckard - 2011-08-27 10:15

    What a surprise. He will take his commision one way or another. And to think the SA tax payer paid for a few more fancy cars for him. That money will be swiped by the government and the people will continue to suffer. What a joke

      Netherlander - 2011-08-27 10:26

      DIfference between the SWAZI KING AND THE ANC ELITE? NOTHING! ANC ELITE STEAL FROM THE POOR.... SWAZI KING STEALS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!!!

      To The Point - 2011-08-27 15:23

      We forget to ask,what commission does Zuma get for coming to the rescue - we know he does nothing for nothing and belongs to this BAND of African thieves.

  • Opportunity_ - 2011-08-27 10:17

    So most of SA's University graduates will work their entire lives and not be able to accumulate this amount (in real terms) even though they're probably 20 times more qualified to add real value than the Swazi king. And the bonus: Their taxes will be used to give the king his due.. R400m can be used to give 800 matriculants the very best opportunity to become engineers, doctors or actuaries, all of which SA will need many more of in the foreseeable future.

      Met - 2011-08-27 14:05

      A COLLAPSED COUNTRY DONT REALLY NEED PROFESSIONALS.They do, but only in the re-building phase

  • Piet Skiet - 2011-08-27 10:17

    And dumbass Zuma fell for the oldest trick in the book! Well done Your Majesty for STEALING South African taxpayers money. Please investigate how much was paid to Zuma for organising the loan.

      umhlopo - 2011-08-28 10:22

      This is africa,they all share their plunder from the whites,he openly admits this while the anc cabbages try to hide it behind arms deals,illegal tenders,and family trusts

  • christine.nutter - 2011-08-27 10:17

    Another thief.

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-27 10:18

    What a farking moron. I know royal lines usually involve a certain amount of inbreeding (to "keep it in the family" as it were, and the usual mental affects this cause) but this is just REEDICULOUS!

  • A.K - 2011-08-27 10:18

    This guy is ridiculous. Really Mswati? Really?

  • penada - 2011-08-27 10:20

    regime change!

      john - 2011-08-27 11:58

      Unfortunately, regime change wouldn't help. If the guy who called the king "arrogant and stupid" was promoted to the king's position, he'd do exactly the same. The chief gets to take whatever he wants, the minions must be happy with the crumbs. That is the African way, always has been, always will be. This is why I feel nothing for the "plight of the starving millions in Africa". They're not starving because of "Western imperialism", they're starving because their own leaders steal from them. The claims by the leaders that Africa's problems are due to colonialism are just an emotional blackmail ploy by the leaders to swell their bank accounts even further with Western aid funds. The UN and US may be stupid enough to keep falling for it. I'm not. The UN should only give aid to a county when the leader can prove he's starving. When a corrupt leader like Mugabe sits with billions in Swiss bank accounts, the country isn't poor. The people might be. But then it's Mugabe's job to feed them, not the West's. When Mugabe has exhausted his personal fortune to keep his people from starvation, then he can come to the West for help. In this sense, I prefer China's stance to America's or the EU's. China gives almost no aid and they're right. Rewarding thieves by giving them more money isn't a way forward. The world should withhold all aid until Africans learn to hold their leaders accountable. It's "tough love" but it's the only way to break the cycle of thievery.

      Vela Stardust - 2011-08-27 12:35

      Notice the ANCYL are in no hurry to see regime change in Swaziland. I wonder why?

      chris van rensburg - 2011-08-27 12:36

      To John, Also add Gaddafi and a few other african leaders who are supported by our government.This is an African thing and why the Malema's want to change the Botswana regime.I wish we could post your comment on every possible lamp post or public advertising medium.Yet to convince the supporters of these dictatorships would be like to convince the supporters of Kaizer Chiefs or the Blue Bulls that they are supporting the wrong team.It is an emotional thing and no logic involved.

      tiotudg - 2011-08-27 16:05

      Chris vR Dink jy vir een oomblik dat Zuma en sy trawante enige-iets lees - al is dit op elke lamppaal?

      FinalJustice - 2011-08-28 08:28

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  • Assegaai - 2011-08-27 10:20

    He is only one man....in SA it's the whole government.They all the same.

      Assegaai - 2011-08-27 10:24

      With 13 wives and 27 children it must be hard to support all.Poor man need all the money he can get :)

      tiotudg - 2011-08-27 16:06

      Dan is Zuma nie ver agter nie?

  • acsteyn - 2011-08-27 10:21

    You know, I lived and worked in this country for 2 years. Mswati IS an absolute idiot. When quizzed about the level of Aids infections in his country he said he did not know and that his minister of health should be interviewed about this. He IS a money grabbing biggot with no regard for his people and I hope he goed the same way as Lybia. What an ass, asking for a commission on a loan granted by SA. How arrogant can that be? Putz.

      tiotudg - 2011-08-27 16:08

      Waar dink julle het hy sy truuks gelees? Soek nie ver nie.

  • Slapper - 2011-08-27 10:21

    Aah why not? he is best buddies with JZ. They are competing in the wives stakes, so JZ knows how expensive it can be.

  • Serias - 2011-08-27 10:21

    And the SA government's response?

      Kudubul - 2011-08-27 11:55

      Ek soek ek soek ek kry ek vat! danki

      john - 2011-08-27 12:07

      The SA government's response is that they will engage with all stakeholders, nominate a committee to oversee the project, which will nominate a sub-committee to report to them, which in turn will nominate a delegation representing all stakeholders to travel to Swaziland, spend a week gambling at the Swazi Sun, and then have a short meeting at which they will decide the date for the next delegation meeting, this time at Club Med in Mauritius. Then, after about sixteen such meetings held at luxury resorts all over the continent, they will correlate their findings into a report which, in turn, will be laid out in a glossy 500 page publication called "Towards Equitable Distribution of the Swazi Loan". They'll print 500 000 copies of the publication at a cost of R63 million, dish them out to MPs so that they can add it to the pile of 14 642 other govt publications that they never read. And everybody will conclude that it's colonialism's fault and the West must pay reparations.

      darkwing - 2011-08-27 14:06

      Brilliant, John, absolutely brilliant.

      Paul - 2011-08-27 14:22

      @John.... you forgot the evening in the Cuddle Puddle next to the resort.

      FinalJustice - 2011-08-28 08:29

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      JustMe - 2011-08-29 08:56

      Oh John you made me laugh....hahahahaha

  • Ignobilis - 2011-08-27 10:22

    How encouraging to know how the tax revenue that hardworking South Africans have contributed to the state is being spent by a neighbouring despot, because our incompetent, inept and corrupt black ANC government in their infinite wisdom have decided to hand it over to him. Keep voting for the black ANC government, please. Hopefully there will be more opportunities to give money away to other dictators with begging bowls.

      Not Black - 2011-08-27 11:51

      Well spoken Mate, See my comments below please. I totally agree with you.

  • abg100 - 2011-08-27 10:23

    He must be a relation of malema[or brother from another mother]

  • drviljoen - 2011-08-27 10:24

    He surely still live in the dark middle ages! Why does the people from Swaziland allow this blatant swindler to dump them in extreme poverty and continue to live like a playboy?

      Shorts1 - 2011-08-27 10:32

      Just like the way the Zimbabweans allow Mugabe to do exactly what he wants to do in that country. Another classic example of a true DEMONcrazy.

      Gaina - 2011-08-27 11:00

      Just like South Africans are allowing themselves to be duped by the ANC

      FinalJustice - 2011-08-28 08:30

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      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-28 19:09

      @drviljoen, you mean the Stone-age, I am sure. The Middle Ages, even though a very dark part of Western history, is far too advanced for the rulers of Africa.

  • whereu - 2011-08-27 10:25

    Got to admire this guy's style. Don't just go for a couple of million – oh no, make it the best part of half a billion. Do you wonder why his country is dysfunctional? Only one response from South Africa is now recommended – cancel the handout (sorry loan).

  • bar-one - 2011-08-27 10:26

    My gosh- how low can a man sink. Even the devil envies this man

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-08-27 10:29

    Someone should rather be shot for f**king up the country to the point that they need a 2.4 billion rand loan.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-08-27 10:29

    Welcome to Africa. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • morecats - 2011-08-27 10:31

    Oh, the other question would be how much of the R400 mil is kickbacks to Zoomer and his cronies? All of then are corrupt to the bone!

  • Hochang - 2011-08-27 10:35

    Maybe they should ask ANCYL to overthrow him.

  • Ouman - 2011-08-27 10:36

    Juju, disregard HRH King Mswati, go for Botswana, my man.

  • Jan - 2011-08-27 10:38

    Suid Afrikaners word deur die hele Sub-Sahara streek finansiel verkrag!! O ja en dan betaal hulle ook vir sy dogter se lekker lewe hier in Sydney Australia!!! Sy kon nie uitgepraat raak op TV oor hoe goed haar lewe is met al die designer labels nie!!

      Ross - 2011-08-27 10:43

      Het sy AUS burgerskap? Hulle haat die Witman maar kan hom nie uitlos nie. Hoe voel die Aussies oor hierdie knape?

  • Gemsbok - 2011-08-27 10:40

    His South African brothers will make sure he gets it!

  • Ross - 2011-08-27 10:41

    He will obviously get his R 400 million Rand and the new wife. Youtube "ms ann" to comprehend.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-08-27 10:43

    You have got to be joking. It's bad enough we bailed them out, now he wants his own filthy pockets lined? So he can marry enough wife and go flying to Europe to stay at the Hilton for 2 weeks? Stuff him. Swaziland is such an amazing country - being destroyed by a tyrant.

      Millie34 - 2011-08-28 21:48

      The Hillton is not good enough for them. It will be one of the boutique hotels in the Orient Express group. And please do not forget about the Global Express Jets they charter from companies in South Africa

  • Ruaan - 2011-08-27 10:43

    no $%#&*@^ way!

  • The Wonderer - 2011-08-27 10:44

    R400 mil is almost 20% commission! I'd be SO pi$$ed off if he manages to get it, I'll makes sure CNN & Skynews hears about this corruption going on! Malemas' rantings will look like a picnic.

  • Zion - 2011-08-27 10:45

    Who is learning from who and who are the mentors? Ok, so I am broke and the bank lends me money and conditions apply. I now demand a few grand as commission from the bank. I am entitled to those few grand because I provided the bank with a customer, myself. I am my own agent. Often one thinks one has seen everything possible and the impossible until something like this shows its smiling face. And to strengthen my own argument it must be remembered the bank is scoring interest on my loan.

  • engen - 2011-08-27 10:57

    WTF??

  • engen - 2011-08-27 10:57

    WTF??

  • Worker - 2011-08-27 10:58

    And SA cannot afford to help those in Somalia & darfur who are dying of hunger, or it's own people who are jobless ? Zumanomics = Zumababwe !

  • Kenko - 2011-08-27 10:58

    Hey hey hey! Bow down people this is a King! Royalty! He will probably get his money, and THEN you will see "kings" popping out of the woodwork! We already have the Royal this and the Royal that, but soon every clown headman of every subtribe of every tribe will proclaim himself King. Soch a bunch of morons..

  • Gaina - 2011-08-27 10:59

    Typical African has to dis himself a piece of every bit of money going by, just like our ANC who get "commissions" on tenders and whatever they buy from other countries, their motto and promise was a better life for - all they just didn t say a better life for all of them and not anyone else. They are crooks and their voters support them in the theft even if it eans they must starve

  • 50something - 2011-08-27 10:59

    What a moron, and it is MY money supporting this idiot. What is wrong with Zuma?

  • Deeteem - 2011-08-27 11:00

    So S A is the enabler to this greed !!!

  • Dog!! - 2011-08-27 11:00

    R 400 Million only!! What a cheapskate!! The forefathers would require much more than that!!

  • gegaws - 2011-08-27 11:02

    This is actually ludicrous. Not ONE member of the South African public is behind this decision... why are the ANC being allowed to go forward? WILL YOU PEOPLE PLEASE, PLEASE JUST STOP VOTING FOR THESE BUFFOONS!!!!!

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-08-27 11:07

      because democracy is the biggest lie sold this side of the 20th century. if you think voting matters, let this be one of many examples why it does not. not here. not in america. not anywhere.

  • TinaM - 2011-08-27 11:03

    you have GOT to be KIDDING me!

  • Nawe - 2011-08-27 11:03

    What commision clown? the only commision that should be afforded to u is a moerse klap!

  • louisjven - 2011-08-27 11:06

    Typical African want all but give none

  • louisjven - 2011-08-27 11:07

    Typical African want all but dont give anything

  • bb - 2011-08-27 11:08

    More proof that we should not have given them the money.Bankrupt countries must fail so that they reform themselves politically.

  • Lorenz - 2011-08-27 11:08

    Give the King a retirement pay off and start with a democratic constitution for the country from rock bottom. The masses must be give the power of vote this is what the country need, no King no luxery for the many wifes. His holdings in estates and land must be taken over by the new goverment,a minimum of compasation must be paid out to the king as ex gratia payment.

  • Popdragons - 2011-08-27 11:08

    Africa's culture of "ENTITLEMENT" continues unabated....

  • Des - 2011-08-27 11:09

    Why the hell do we give them R 2.4bn in the first place? But taxes must go up to pay for whatever in our own country. Bloody idiot SA government - start looking after your own people first !!!!!!