Top 10 Scandals That Rocked Royal Families

3. Queen Nothando Dube Caught ‘In The Act’


Photo credit: Lawrence Jackson

When Swaziland’s Queen Nothando Dube, one of the 14 wives of King Mswati III, was caught having sex with the king’s justice minister, Ndumiso Mamba, it was just the latest in a long line of scandals. Both were arrested in 2010, and they were kept in jail as officials feared they might attempt to flee the country. After all, it had happened before.

In 2004, two of Mswati’s wives fled Swaziland after news of their respective affairs started to spread. Delisa Magwaza fled to London, while Putsoana Hwala sought sanctuary in Johannesburg.

Mamba would eventually resign for his part in the affair, while Dube was placed under house arrest. In 2011, the queen claimed she’d been evicted from the palace and that she had been prevented from seeing the king or her children. However, a Swazi royal official denied this was true, asserting that Dube had not been kicked out.

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