Swazi King Demands Cows From the Poor

King Mswati III is alleged to have asked his subjects to give him cattle and cows for his birthday celebrations despite many people facing job losses. Recently, a court stated that chiefs have the legal right to evict their subjects.

  • Swaziland:  Anger At King's Demand On the Poor

    Swazi Media Commentary, 4 April 2012

    King Mswati III of Swaziland's demand that his impoverished subjects supply him with cattle to slaughter for his birthday party has been met with anger and scorn. read more »

Some Swazis are living below the poverty line.

  • Swaziland:  King Demands Cows From the Poor

    Swazi Media Commentary, 3 April 2012

    King Mswati III of Swaziland, among the world's 15 richest monarchs, is demanding his dirt-poor subjects give him cows for his birthday celebrations. read more »

  • Swaziland:  Chiefs Can Evict Swazis From Land (analysis)

    Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, 29 March 2012

    In yet another blow to Swazis' basic rights, High Court Judge, Justice Bheki Maphalala, has ruled that Chiefs have the authority to evict their 'subjects' from their land and ... read more »

  • Swaziland:  Judge - Chief Can Evict for Defiance

    Swazi Media Commentary, 29 March 2012

    Chiefs in Swaziland have the legal right to evict their subjects if they defy their authority, the kingdom's High Court ruled. read more »

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