A video of King Mswati’s children mocking protesters in eSwatini has left many shocked following the eruption of widespread protest action.
His children took to their social media accounts with a live video taunting those who wish to see democracy in the country.
King Mswati’s children mock Swazis who demand democratic reforms. pic.twitter.com/jIbD6mjkUt
— Swazi News (@SwaziNews) June 27, 2021
King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Eswatini has allegedly fled the kingdom amidst pro-democracy protests that have spiraled out of control.
BREAKING NEWS: Ok Foods in Matsapha and other outlets on fire as pro-democracy protests turn into chaos. This was after King Mswati through Acting Prime Minister issued a decree banning delivery of petitions. pic.twitter.com/NqKO9qAIuW
— Swazi News (@SwaziNews) June 28, 2021
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Protesters are aggrieved by the economic decline and are demanding an elected Prime Minister under a Constitutional Monarch and want freedom of speech amongst other things.
The kingdom is one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies and is ruled by King Mswati III who was crowned in 1986 at the age of 18, succeeding his long-serving father King Sobhuza II, who died at the age of 82.
Tweeps have reacted to the video doing the rounds on social media:
It must be nice speaking from a place of comfort and laughing at people fighting for democracy https://t.co/yXgepQkKAg
— Thandokuhle Dlamini (@Thandokuhle_121) June 29, 2021
I am genuinely interested in how these kids think this is going to end. It might not happen this time, but their family WILL be deposed and then it’s going to be awkward. https://t.co/lgB8u2VDvM pic.twitter.com/b2YWHZoRap
— Bussy Riot 🚬o🌲 (@_theekword) June 29, 2021
I spent summer 2010 in Mbabane working for my aunt. Even at my age it was shocking to see the state of national development compared to the obscene wealth of Mswati III and the royal family. https://t.co/tAjOb0bHqk
— Zoé (@ztsamudzi) June 29, 2021