The Swaziland queen at the centre of a sex scandal denies she did anything wrong.
Reports in the international media say Nothando Dube (also known as Inkhosikati LaDube), the 12th wife of King Mswati III of Swaziland, had been found at a hotel having sex with Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Ndumiso Mamba.
Mamba was said to have been sent to jail and Dube placed under 24-hour guard at the queen mother’s palace at Ludzidzini to await the king’s return tomorrow (Wednesday 4 August 2010) from a trip to Taiwan.
But ‘a close friend’ of Dube says it’s all a pack of lies. The Times, South Africa, reports the friend saying Dube was ‘not happy’, and wanted to ‘dismiss the allegations as false. She is at home at her own palace, she is not under surveillance and at no point was she ever taken to the queen mother's palace,’ claimed the friend, speaking on condition of anonymity.
‘She told me that the reporter who had written the story didn't even call her for comment, but she remembers being sent an SMS in May or June last year by an anonymous person saying: “We know your shenanigans and we are going to expose you in South African Sunday papers”,’ the friend said.
I don’t know who this ‘close friend’ is, but in the parlance of anonymous sources so beloved of the world’s media, ‘close friend’ of a person in the news usually means the person herself.
The Times points out that her story ‘follows similar scandals involving Mswati’s queens. In 2004, his fifth and sixth wives, Putsoana Hwala and Delisa Magwaza, were embroiled in infidelity scandals, which led them to flee the king's palace that year.
‘Magwaza now lives in London and Hwala in Soweto.’