King Mswati III, the absolute monarch of Swaziland, is to blame for the oppression of women within his kingdom, a new report has said, according to All Africa.
Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) said that women in Swaziland continued to be oppressed and discriminated against despite claims indicating that the country was modern.
In a briefing paper just released by the organisation, ACTSA described the country as a “deeply patriarchal society”, with King Mswati remaining “unwilling to make any change”.
“The King has demonstrated he is unwilling to change the status quo and promotes multiple aspects of the patriarchal society,” the report said. King Mswati has faced a barrage of criticism in recent times, with the monarch having been lambasted for sending his 13 wives on holiday while drought continued to cripple his country.
The queens’ holiday, which took place in Orlando, United States, saw an entourage of more than 100 being sent overseas at a cost of R14 million.