A report on Eswatini and Mswati III

Mswati in 2014
King Mswati at the Reed Dance 2006
A 19th-century Swazi container, carved in wood
Some of his wives meeting the wife of the Japanese prime minister in 2013
Royal standard of Mswati III
Swaziland in Southern Africa, 1896
Topographic map of Eswatini
Landscape in Eswatini
Grewia villosa
Mswati III has been king of Eswatini since 1986.
Swazi army officers
A proportional representation of Swazi exports
Central Bank in Mbabane
Eswatini is part of the Southern African Customs Union (green).
Eswatini's population in thousands (1950–2021)
A rural primary school in Eswatini
King Mswati III at the reed dance festival where he will choose his next wife
Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini (left) and Temtsimba Dlamini (right) at the reed dance (umhlanga) festival 2006
A traditional Swazi homestead
Swazi warriors at the incwala ceremony

Mswati III (born Makhosetive; 19 April 1968 ) is the king (Swazi: Ngwenyama, Ingwenyama yemaSwati) of Eswatini and head of the Swazi royal family.

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The government is an absolute monarchy, the last of its kind in Africa, and has been ruled by King Mswati III since 1986.

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Sobhuza II in 1945

Sobhuza II

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Sobhuza II in 1945
1959 Buick LeSabre, owned by Sobhuza II. Photographed at the Sobhuza II Memorial Park in Lobamba.
Mswati III, Sobhuza II's son and eventual successor

Sobhuza II, (also known as Nkhotfotjeni, Mona; 22 July 1899 – 21 August 1982) was the Paramount Chief and later Ngwenyama of Swaziland for 82 years and 254 days, the List of longeslongest verifiable reign of any monarch in recorded history.

He was succeeded by Mswati III, his young son with Inkhosikati Ntfombi Tfwala, who was crowned in 1986.

Ntfombi in 2016

Ntfombi of Eswatini

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Ntfombi in 2016

Queen Ntfombi, The Queen Mother, Ndlovukati of Eswatini (born Ntfombi Tfwala on 27 December 1949) is the current Ndlovukati and joint head of state of Eswatini, serving since 1986.

She is the mother of King Mswati III.


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Ndlovukati (literally, "She-Elephant", pl. tiNdlovukati; also spelled Indlovukazi) is the Siswati title for the female monarch of Eswatini.

The current Ndlovukati is Queen Ntombi Tfwala, the mother of Ngwenyama Mswati III and wife of Sobhuza II.


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iNgweniyama (also Ingweinyama) is the title of the male ruler (King) of Eswatini.

The current king is Mswati III, who has reigned since 1986.

Dzeliwe of Eswatini

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Inkhosikati LaShongwe (b.

Inkhosikati LaShongwe (b.

Dzeliwe Shongwe 1927 – 2003) was Queen Regent of Eswatini between 21 September 1982 and 9 August 1983.

Prince Makhosetive was crowned on 25 April 1986 with the name of King Mswati III of Eswatini.

Mswati III, incumbent king of Eswatini

House of Dlamini

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Mswati III, incumbent king of Eswatini
Some of the king's wives meeting the wife of the Japanese prime minister in 2013

The House of Dlamini is the royal house of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Mswati III, as king and Ngwenyama of Eswatini, is the current head of the house of Dlamini.


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In Eswatini, an inkhundla (plural: tinkhundla) is an administrative subdivision smaller than a district but larger than an umphakatsi (or "chiefdom").

In 1993, the Tinkhundla centres were further increased to fifty five (55) following recommendations of the Delimitation Commission that was appointed by His Majesty King Mswati III.

Mswati III in 2009

2021 Eswatini protests

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Mswati III in 2009

A series of ongoing protests in Eswatini against the monarchy and for democratisation began in late June 2021.

Eswatini is one of the world’s few countries (and the only in Africa) that is an absolute monarchy, with Mswati III having been the king since 1986.


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Umchwasho is a traditional chastity rite in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).

King Mswati III imposed the ban in an effort to help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS, which is particularly prevalent in the country.