Makhosetive Dlamini (King Mswati III) was born in Masundini Swaziland to King Sobhuza III and one of his younger wives Ntombi Tfwala. Mswati was Tfwala’s only child. When his father,King Sobhuza, died in 1982, two of his wives acted as regents until Mswati could be of age to take over the throne. He was crowned in 1986 at the age of eighteen.
Mswati has gained a reputation for stirring controversy over the years. His lavish lifestyle, ridiculous policies for combating HIV/AIDS, abducting and marrying underage girls have all sparked outrage and disapproval in his country and abroad. The King has 14 wives and 24 children. He is the last absolute monarch in the Africa.
• News Time Africa Swaziland’s King Mswati III – Profile of Africa’s last absolute monarch [online] Available at: http://www.newstimeafrica.com [Accessed on 7 April 2013]