One of the spouses of the polygamous lord of Swaziland has been discovered dead at his private royal residence after apparently taking her own life, the Daily Mail detailed.
The collection of Senteni Masango, 37, was found on Friday evening in the midst of reports she had been experiencing dejection having not been permitted to go to her sister’s burial service.
Queen LaMasango, as she was known after her marriage, was one of 15 wives of King Mswati III of Swaziland – Africa’s last absolute monarch. She married the king back in 2000.
She married the king at the age of 18, after being specially selected from a dance ceremony. The couple had two children together.
According to sources close to the palace, the queen was said to have struggled with life at the palace.
She resorted to plastic surgery and painting in her spare time to relieve the misery of her royal life.
However, a source close to the king said “The king finds her death very painful. They were a happy couple.”
In 2002 Amnesty International accused the king and his agents of “violating the human rights” of Zena Mahlangu, another 18-year-old who was snatched from school and forced into marriage.
He married his most recent wife, Siphelele Mashwama, 19, who is the daughter of one of his cabinet ministers, last September.
Two of his wives have left him. Putsoana Hwala and Delisa Magwaza left the royal house in 2004. Magwaza fled the king’s palace for London.