A report has gone viral which claimed the eSwatini King is forcing men into polygamy with a newly-passed law.
Several news publications, including the , reported earlier this week that King Mswati III ordered men to marry at least two wives or face jail time. Briefly.co.za decided to fact check the claim and get behind the truth of the story.
The reports, which has since gone viral on social media, claimed Swazi men were to take a second wife from 1 June or be tossed in prison. It was also claimed the government would foot the marriage ceremonies and offer houses to men.
Briefly.co.za can verify that the story is in fact fake news. The government of eSwatini released a statement on Tuesday, rubbishing the claims.
Government spokesman Percy Simelane dubbed the story "malicious" and "poisonous", eNCA reported.
"His Majesty has not made any pronouncement to that effect as it has never been an issue raised," Simelane said, adding that the story was "not only an insult to the monarchy and the culture of eSwatini but a disgrace to journalism".
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