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Vol 62 No 23

Published 18th November 2021

Endgame of throne?

Africa's last absolute monarchy teeters as activists step up protests and demand action from South Africa

What started as a student protest against police brutality has morphed into a full-scale crisis with King Mswati III's army killing between 80-100 civilians in clashes with demonstrators. Angered by the monarch's obduracy, a coalition of activists – in political parties, churches, human rights and pro-democracy groups – is demanding reform and an end to King Mswati III's 35-year reign.

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