“I want to stress to you that political parties remain banned up until
the people of Swaziland say so.” – King Mswati III, August 2007
The Kingdom of Swaziland is located between South Africa and Mozambique.
Mswati III of Swaziland is the last absolute monarch in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He was born on the 19th April 1968 as the second of 67 sons of the elderly
King Sobhuza II, and the only child of Queen Ntombi Tfwala, one of the kings 70
wives. Mswati's birth name was Makhosetive - King of Nations. Four months
after his birth, Swaziland obtained independency from Britain.
King Sobhuza II died in 1982 and the 14 years old prince Makhosetive was chosen
to be the next king. Whilst Makhosetive continued his education in England and South
Africa, two wives of King Sobhuza II served as regent; Queen Dzeliwe Shongwe from
1982-1983 and Queen Ntombi Tfwala from 1983-1986. Makhosetive was crowned
Mswati III - King of Swaziland on 25th April 1986 at the age of 18. He thus became the youngest ruling
monarch in the world. Together with his mother, titled Indlovukazi - Great She
Elephant, he rules the country.
Mswati III currently has 27 children from his first 13 wives and wives-to-be: