(Daily Mail) The African Canute: As revolution sweeps through Africa, how long can the continent’s most autocratic monarch survive?
By IAN BIRRELL Last updated at 1:58 PM on 11th November 2011
British-educated King Mswati III wears leopardskin loincloths, has 13 wives and is feted by crowds of bare-breasted virgins
Last weekend, it was hard to think of anywhere in the world where the scenery could have been more beautiful or life felt more serene than in the mountain kingdom of Swaziland.
The sun was a burning red orb as it slid over the horizon behind purple-blooming jacaranda trees, while a gentle breeze rippled through lush sugar-cane fields on the king’s estate.
We had just passed impala grazing in the bush and gangs of turkey scavenging for food beside the road. All around was the buzz of excitement as families headed into a music festival at Simunye Country Club.
Children, their faces painted in Spiderman patterns and wearing feather-rimmed tiaras, laughed as they ran around the funfair. Students sat in circles, taking swigs from cans of beer.
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