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MANZINI – Wives to Prince Mfanasibili did not attend the memorial service of the late prince held at the Divine Healing Ministries auditorium yesterday.


A prince’s wives are culturally known as Emakhosikati. An elder in the family told the Times SUNDAY that the three wives were prohibited by culture, from appearing in public. “They are in mourning so they cannot mingle with the public,” said a family elder who asked not to be identified because he was not tasked to speak on behalf of the family.
The three women missed out on an event that had both emotional and exciting moments, as mourners shared experiences they shared with the prince, who was described as an astute statesman. The service, which began at noon, lasted well over three hours.

There was never a dull moment as the audience was kept on toes by speakers who shared extraordinary life experiences with the late prince.
The deceased was described as a humble man who loved and respected royalty. Opening the floor was Tengetile, who is one of his daughters. She blasted certain people, including a man she identified as a Ndlangamandla pastor.
She accused these people of betraying her father through lies they peddled before their majesties and randomly in the public. In an emotionally charged speech, she said the era after the demise of King Sobhuza II was a trying one as a lot of things happened.

Tengetile said in the height of the throne succession period, his father acted decisively on an issue that was bothering royalty at that time. “He was responsible for removing the then Queen Regent Dzeliwe Shongwe but he was subsequently arrested for that act,” she said.

She said her father died confused on why the Queen was never reinstated if he had been wrong in removing her. She said people who were against royalty then peddled a lot of lies about her father to the royal family such that he was subsequently banned from meeting his brothers and His Majesty the King.

“The denied him access because they knew that they lied about him to the authorities and they did not want their lies to be exposed,” she said.
She said those people, who she did not identify, were known to his father and they would one day answer before the Lord for their sins. “They sit in high chairs today that were made possible by my father. We children, have also tried to have audience with the king but we were denied,” she said.

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