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African King Catches His Justice Minister Under Love-Cheat Wife's Bed

The polygamous king of Swaziland has fired his justice minister after the politician was caught red-handed having an affair with one of the king's 14 wives.King Mswati III acted after pictures emerged of his minister
PTI September 28, 2010 10:40 IST
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The polygamous king of Swaziland has fired his justice minister after the politician was caught red-handed having an affair with one of the king's 14 wives.

King Mswati III acted after pictures emerged of his minister Ndumiso Mamba hiding in the base of his adulterous wife's bed, reports The Daily Mail, London.

The astonishing images show security officials standing around the upturned bed looking down at the forlorn minister.



Rumours that King Mswati III's twelfth wife, 22-year-old Nothando Dube – a former Miss Teen Swaziland – had been having an affair have circulated inside the country for weeks.

While local media are banned from reporting the scandal, it was widely rumoured that Mrs Dube liked to disguise herself as a soldier in order to sneak out of the royal palace and meet her lover undetected.

The 42-year-old monarch of the small African stateis an enthusiastic practitioner of the tribal tradition of polygamy.

He famously chooses a new bride each year at a traditional ‘reed dance' in which all the impoverished country's unmarried young girls are paraded in front of the monarch.



Last week, police raided the exclusive Royal Villas hotel just seven miles from the palace on the outskirts of the Swazi administrative capital Mbabane. They discovered Mamba hiding inside the base of the queen's double bed.

At a five-minute long press conference last week, the country's Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini announced Mamba's resignation as minister and senator.

The Prime Minister gave scant details, explaining only that Mamba had resigned 'following certain allegations circulating in the country'.

Mamba, who is in jail, is likely to spend a lengthy period in prison for his actions. Mrs Dube, who has born the king two children, will spend the rest of her life under 24-hour surveillance while living with the king's mother.

King Mswati III, who has at least 23 children, has been heavily criticised by human rights groups as a luxury-loving dictator who runs the country of a million people as a personal fiefdom.



Sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique, Swaziland won independence from Britain in 1968 but has been without a constitution since 1973. Political parties are banned, it is the king who appoints the government.

Experts on the political situation inside the country said that the King hesitated before firing Mr Mamba, as the two men – who have been friends since childhood – have collaborated on numerous business deals.

'Mamba knows too much, so Mswati has to find a way of dealing with this,' one expert said. 'If he flees into exile with the royal secrets, that would be a major problem for Mswati.'

Mrs Dube is not the first of King Mswati's wives to wander. In 2004 two other wives fled the country to London as rumours of their alleged infidelity spread across the country.

Caught red-handed: The moment  justice minister Ndumiso Mamba was caught by state security agents holed up in a hotel room with King Mswati III's 12th wife, Nothando Dube

As security officials move around him the Justice Minister emerges out from the base of the bed

Last week, police raided the exclusive Royal Villas hotel just seven miles from the palace on the outskirts of the Swazi administrative capital Mbabane. They discovered Mr Mamba hiding inside the base of the queen's double bed.

At a five-minute long press conference last week, the country's Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini announced Mamba's resignation as minister and senator.

The Prime Minister gave scant details, explaining only that Mamba had resigned 'following certain allegations circulating in the country'.

Mr Mamba, who is incarcerated, is likely to spend a lengthy period in prison for his actions. Mrs Dube, who has born the king two children, will spend the rest of her life under 24-hour surveillance while living with the king's mother.

King Mswati III, who has at least 23 children, has been heavily criticised by human rights groups as a luxury-loving dictator who runs the country of a million people as a personal fiefdom.

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King Mswati III rules as an absolute monarch and enjoys lavish parties




Some of the 50,000 young, half-naked Swazi women at the annual Reed Dance pageant where Miss Dube caught the king's eye six years ago