Swaziland’s King Mswati III is confronting a revolt as three of his 13 queens have abandoned the palace since he took the throne in 1986.
And more of his queens are trying to break out of the palace, according to a report in Independent Newspapers, South Africa.
A royal source says some of the queens are frustrated as the king has allowed many months to pass without “visiting” them. They accuse him of seeking his pleasures outside the palace instead.
This comes after revelations about the recent unceremonious departure from the palace of LaDube, the king’s estranged 12th wife, after she had been accused of having a relationship with former minister of justice and constitutional affairs Ndumiso Mamba. To make matters worse, Mamba was the king’s business confidant and friend.
After the affair came to the king’s attention, he denied LaDube conjugal rights, according to insiders. They say he was trying to make palace life intolerable for her so that she would leave.
She is officially no longer part of the royal family and has been dumped at her maternal grandmother’s home in Hhohho.
She has been separated from her children, the youngest being two years. She has no food and the house she was dumped in has no bedding.
LaDube was the third of Mswati’s wives to leave the palace.
She followed LaMagwaza and LaHwala, who both now live in South Africa.
LaMagwaza was accused of having a steamy sexual relationship with a South African toy boy. Sources claimed that she was sex starved, as the king would not visit her.
At the height of the sex scandal, she was granted permission to visit her family home at Mbekelweni in central Swaziland and never returned. She is reported to be living a prosperous life after marrying an SA tycoon with whom she has a child.
LaHwala was also neglected by the king who would deny her conjugal rights for six months at a time.
Her uncle and guardian, Simon Noge, made a special request to the king for her to visit South Africa. She never returned. She is reportedly struggling, but one source said the palace was planning build her a house in South Africa since she has royal children.
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