Swazi Media Commentary
News that one of Swaziland King Mswati III’s 13 wives is staying at a luxury South African hotel running up a bill of R500,000 (US$60,000) in a month has caused anger in the poverty stricken kingdom.
Queen LaMotsa, the second of the King’s wives, is reported to be staying in the presidential suite of the Westcliff Hotel. She is said to have been there for a month so far. The luxury hotel charges US$2,000 (R17,250) a night.
LaMotsa is in Johannesburg to be near her son Prince Majaha who is in a Netcare hospital in the city after he was critically injured in a motorbike accident last month.
The Star, Johannesburg, reported that news of the Queen’s accommodation expenses and her son’s private healthcare had caused outrage among ordinary Swazis. It reported one, who declined to be named, saying she had recently taken a relative to a public hospital after a car accident, but was offered only painkillers.
‘When the King’s son is involved in an accident, he is rushed to South Africa to get the best treatment at a private hospital. This is unacceptable,’ she said.
Swaziland Diaspora Platform spokeswoman Ntombenhle Khathwane said, ‘We hope the government will realise there are many other Swazis like Prince Majaha who face life-threatening medical emergencies, but do not have the luxury of a prompt medical response like the young prince. Read more…