Swazis jail editor, lawyer for government criticism

2014-07-26 07:08

Swaziland's High Court has jailed a magazine editor and a human rights lawyer for two years for contempt of court over articles critical of the government and judiciary.

US removes Swaziland from AGOA

2014-06-28 09:11

The Communist Party of Swaziland has welcomed the removal of Swaziland by the US government from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Swaziland has less than $1m in reserves

2014-05-27 08:02

The tiny kingdom of Swaziland only has around $790 000 left in the bank, according to the central bank's latest estimate.

Swaziland frees detained opposition activists

2014-05-06 08:32

A Swaziland High Court judge has freed on bail seven opposition activists arrested last month at the trial of journalists charged with publishing articles critical of King Mswati III’s government.

Swaziland bans MPs from divorce – report

2013-12-02 12:13

Swazi MPs have reportedly been banned from divorcing and those who are currently in the process of getting a divorce have been urged to hold off until their term of office ends.

Activist elected MP, vows to change Swazi govt

2013-09-25 10:15

A pro-democracy activist Jan Sithole, 60, who won a seat in the recently ended Swaziland parliamentary elections, has vowed to fight for reform in Africa’s last absolute monarchy, a report says.

A fact file on Swaziland

2013-09-20 08:08

The tiny mountain kingdom of Swaziland, which is voting for a new parliament, is Africa's last absolute monarchy and one of the poorest nations on the continent.

18-year-old model is Mswati's 15th wife

2013-09-17 12:50

Africa's last absolute monarch, Swaziland's King Mswati III, 45, has chosen his 15th wife, 18-year-old model Sindiswa Dlamini, a report says.

Swazi police arrest politician

2013-09-06 17:34

Swaziland police have arrested an opposition leader and deported foreign trade unionists in a crackdown, just two weeks before elections.

Swaziland votes

2013-08-24 22:42

Thousands of Swazis have voted in the first round of parliamentary elections that pro-democracy groups have dismissed as window dressing in Africa's last absolute monarchy.

SA MPs ignorant - Swaziland

2013-07-31 22:32

The Swaziland government has labelled South Africa a "politically immature" state with ignorant MPs.

ANC demands change in Swaziland

2013-05-07 22:07

The ANC has called for the democratisation of neighbouring Swaziland, in a rare public rebuke of the country's ruling monarchy.

Inside the Sushi King's sexy harem

2013-04-08 09:23

What is it about a man in his 40s with a bit of a belly, a criminal record and a penchant for showing off that makes Kenny Kunene the unlikely playboy he's become?

Swaziland urged to hike witch-doctor tax

2012-12-07 22:14

A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa's absolute monarchy.

SA man gets 85 years for Swaziland bomb

2012-09-17 22:32

A Swaziland High Court has jailed a South African man for 85 years for high treason and terrorism over a botched bomb attack against King Mswati III.

Swazi virgins dance, defy criticism

2012-09-03 21:57

Thousands of bare-breasted young Swazi women have paraded in front of their king to celebrate chastity and unity, dismissing criticism of the lavish ceremony.

Swazis convict SA man of terror

2012-08-29 22:11

A Swaziland court has convicted a South African man of high treason and terrorism over a botched bomb attack against King Mswati III.

Swazi king hosts forum on reforms

2012-08-11 22:07

Swazi King Mswati III has closed a forum where his subjects called for democratic reforms, promising "expert" reviews but making no formal commitments.

Swazi king laughs off uprising hopes

2012-08-06 22:49

King Mswati III of Swaziland has taunted the West and his political opponents, saying their dreams of a popular uprising in Africa's last absolute monarchy will not be realised.

Swaziland fires striking teachers

2012-08-02 14:37

The Swazi government has fired 110 teachers who ignored a court order forcing them to end a five-week strike which shut down schools across the country, a report says.

Queens jet off to Vegas while Swazis starve

2012-07-27 09:13

Three wives of Swazi King Mswati III are planning a lavish trip to Las Vegas just as the country is in the midst of a national civil servant strike.

Swazi nurses join strike

2012-07-19 19:46

Public hospitals in Swaziland are turning away patients as nurses have joined a nearly month-long public-service strike, a hospital official says.

Swazi state newspaper suspends 2 editors

2012-07-16 15:46

Swaziland's state daily newspaper has suspended two senior editors, it says, after a series of critical reports on Africa's last absolute monarchy.

Swaziland re-appoints judge Ramodibedi

2012-06-26 07:53

Swaziland government has renewed the contract of the country’s chief justice, who is a Lesotho national, saying there are no local judges suitable for the job, an official says.

Swazi teachers clash with cops

2012-06-13 21:00

Swazi police have clashed with striking teachers from a banned trade union who are demanding a 4.5% salary hike, as the country's economic crisis shows no sign of abating.


Two Swazi critics convicted

2014-07-18 05:00

Two critics of the Swaziland government have been found guilty of contempt of court after publishing articles.

Tutu leads Swaziland pro-democracy crusade

2014-06-06 13:44

Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu and a raft of human rights organisations have signed an open letter demanding reforms from Swaziland’s King Mswati III, denouncing arbitrary arrests and prosecutions.

Swazi court refuses to free opposition leader

2014-05-07 07:00

A Swaziland high court has turned down an application for bail by the leader of a prominent opposition party who allegedly called for the overthrow of King Mswati III.

Swaziland editor, rights lawyer freed

2014-04-07 09:04

A Swaziland editor and a rights lawyer who were arrested last month over an article said to be in contempt of court have been freed after a judge nullified their arrest.

Mswati appoints premier for 3rd time

2013-10-29 07:56

Swaziland's King Mswati III has re-appointed Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini for the next five years after legislative polls last month.

Swaziland political system 'outdated'

2013-09-20 10:09

Voters in Swaziland are patiently queuing to cast their ballots in parliamentary polls, with some criticising what they call the country's "outdated" political traditional system.

Swaziland votes in parliamentary polls

2013-09-20 07:42

The tiny mountain kingdom of Swaziland is voting for a new parliament in an election dismissed by critics as a rubber stamp for King Mswati III’s absolute rule.

King Mswati III squashes reform hopes

2013-09-13 22:41

A divine message received in a thunderstorm and a surprise rebirth of Swaziland's traditional "Tinkhundla" political system triggered faint hopes of reform in Africa's last absolute monarchy.

Swaziland is a monarchial democracy - king

2013-09-03 08:22

Swaziland's King Mswati III has declared a new political system - a "monarchial democracy" - after apparently receiving a vision from God during unseasonal thunderstorms.

King dissolves Swazi parliament

2013-08-02 22:31

Africa's last absolute monarch, Swaziland's King Mswati III, has dissolved parliament in the run-up to new legislative polls in September which critics have branded a sham.

Swaziland voters begin registration

2013-05-14 07:46

Voters have begun registration for elections in Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, with unions and the opposition calling for a boycott of what they dismiss as a “rubber stamp” poll.

Swazi activist charged with sedition

2013-04-17 21:25

A pro-democracy activist in Swaziland has appeared in court on sedition charges for allegedly distributing material critical of the country's autocratic monarchy.

Swaziland bans 'rape-provoking' miniskirts

2012-12-24 13:03

Police in Africa's last absolute monarchy Swaziland have banned women from wearing miniskirts and midriff-revealing tops saying they provoke rape, a report says.

Swazi PM vows to stay put

2012-10-10 07:52

Swazi Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini will stay in his post despite a vote of no-confidence from parliament, an aide insists.

Swazi king woos investors with culture

2012-09-11 07:53

King Mswati III is courting investors with his kingdom’s vast cultural traditions as he tries to lift the nation out of an economic crisis.

ANC denies claim on Swazi loan

2012-08-30 16:59

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga has denied that the ANC in the National Council of Provinces endorsed a call on the government to hold back on a loan to Swaziland.

Few register for Swazi poll

2012-08-13 20:43

Swaziland has extended the deadline for voters to register for local polls after only about 27 000 people signed up - less than a tenth of 350 000 in previous polls - a government minister says.

Swazi king throws public forum open

2012-08-07 22:40

Swazi King Mswati III has opened a three-day "People's Parliament" or Sibaya where his subjects can voice their opinions.

Swazi court: Reinstate fired teachers

2012-08-04 08:13

A Swazi court has ordered the government to reinstate more than 300 teachers fired after taking part in a five-week strike over salaries, saying their action was legal.

Swazi strike enters 2nd month

2012-07-29 14:47

Swazi teachers have been on strike for more than a month, spearheading a movement that wants not just salary increases but democratic reforms in Africa's last absolute monarchy.

Swaziland mulls salary cut for lawmakers

2012-07-25 18:31

Swaziland may reverse a controversial pay rise lawmakers have awarded themselves as the kingdom struggles with a huge public wage bill and teachers strike over salaries.

Swazi cops fire water cannon at strikers

2012-07-16 18:49

Swazi police have used batons and water cannon to disperse a crowd of protesting students as taxi drivers joined a nearly month-long public service strike that has crippled the tiny kingdom.

Swaziland queen flees to SA

2012-07-14 10:52

The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source says.

Swazi teachers prolong open-ended strike

2012-06-22 22:24

Teachers in Swaziland have defied a court order and have gone on open-ended strike over demands for a 4.5% salary increase.

Swaziland’s isolation: A long road ahead

2012-06-05 07:49

Calls for international isolation of Swazi's King Mswati III, criticised as a dictator living it up amid his people’s poverty, have had little effect as the monarchy remains a pillar of national identity.

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