8th wife of King Mswati takes her own life after years of 'abuse'

8th wife of King Mswati takes her own life after years of 'abuse'

- The 8th wife of the Swazi king has committed suicide

- She was refused permission to attend her sister's funeral and memorial by her husband

- According to reports she lived in isolation for the past three years

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Senteni Masango, the eighth wife of the last absolute monarch in Africa has committed suicide. She was found dead early on Friday morning.

Masango took over 40 amytriptyline capsules which resulted in a fatal overdose, the drug is also known as Elavil and is used in the treatment of a number mental illnesses, including major depressive disorder and lack of attention disorder.

Her suicide comes less than a week after the burial of her sister Nombuso Masango.

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The king allegedly forbade Masango from attending her sister's burial and memorial. For the past three years, she has lived alone in a big mansion without a single visit from the king.

In September last year, the king unveiled his new bride, 19-year-old Siphelele Mashwama. She is the daughter of Jabulile Mashwama, a Swaziland Cabinet minister.

Mashwama became the king's 14th wife although there are some reports that he has 15 wives.

King Mswati’ birth name is Makhosetive Dlamini, which means "king of nations" and ascended to the throne when he was just 14-years-old. Due to the fact that he was still in school his father's wives, Queen Dzeliwe Shongwe and Queen Ntombi Tfwala ruled as regent in his stead.

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Mswati has been criticised for his lavish and excisive lifestyle by the media while his people live in poverty. The 2014 budget allocated $61 million (R733 million) to the king's annual household. 63% of Swazi's live on less the $1.25 a day (R15).

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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