Royal sex scandal: Swazi minister resigns

2010-08-05 14:10

Swaziland’s justice minister Ndumiso Mamba has resigned, the prime minister said, following allegations of a love affair with one of King Mswati III’s 13 wives.

Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini said: “I have consulted with him and he has forthwith resigned.”

A palace source said that Queen Nothando Dube, the king’s 12th wife, would dress in a military uniform to slip out of the palace and meet Mamba in a hotel room.

Mamba is a childhood friend of Mswati. The king was on a visit to Taiwan at the time, but they were discovered by military intelligence agents, the source added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The source said: “For many months the inkhosikati (queen) would dress in an army uniform whenever the king was not around.

“She allegedly got into her room and changed into her uniform and walked straight to the gate and no one bothered to ask where was this soldier going. In no time a car was there to pick the ‘officer’ up and whisked her to Royal Villas about 10km west of the Lozitha Palace.”

The Royal Villas is a hotel.

Mamba could be expelled from the mountainous kingdom wedged between South Africa and Mozambique, while Dube could be confined to her parents’ home. Both could also be fined a herd of cattle, the source added.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network, activists pushing for democratic reforms in Africa’s last absolute monarchy, said the king was trying to track down the source of media leaks about the affair.

The group said: “It has since been reported by reliable sources that the king is so deeply embarrassed by the leakage of information that he has made it his mission to track all the people involved in revealing it.”

Swaziland’s royal household, including the 42-year-old king and his 13 wives, are known for their extravagant lifestyles while the rest of the 1.1 million population live largely in poverty, ravaged by Aids.

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