One of the 13 wives of Swaziland’s polygamous king has left the royal household after claiming he subjected her to physical and emotional abuse, it was claimed yesterday.
Angela ‘LaGija’ Dlamini, the sixth wife of King Mswati III, 44, reportedly abandoned her palace on Saturday after telling relatives she had endured years of suffering.
Pro-democracy campaigners claimed the move followed a period of extended difficulty between Mrs Dlamini and her husband, who is Africa’s last remaining absolute monarch and has 13 current wives.
In a statement the Swaziland Solidarity Network said: ‘In what will not come as a shock, King Mswati’s sixth wife, Angela ‘Lagija’ Dlamini, has left the Swazi royal harem for good.
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