- The fleet of luxury vehicles bought by the eSwatini Royal Family is larger than originally thought
- Previous reports had indicated a batch of Rolls-Royces coming into the country
- However new reports have surfaced to reveal a further 120 BMWs were delivered earlier this week
Despite the outrage caused when a fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms pulled into eSwatini, the Royal Family has ordered a further 120 BMWs.
Briefly.co.za reported that citizens had been up in arms when the vehicles estimated at around R7 million each made its way to King Mswati III's home, allegedly a spoil for his wives.
The nation's opposition party the People's United Democratic Movement was fuming when calls for increases in the salaries of public servants was snubbed in favour of the luxury whips which were delivered on Thursday.
The region had been subjected to protests as government employees protested poor living wages, a strike magnified by the wasteful expenditure on display by the nation's monarch, TimesLIVE reports.
The opposition's secretary-general Wandile Dludlu had slammed the purchase commenting:
"In Swaziland, public sector workers have not received salary adjustments in three years and the health system has totally collapsed, rendering the poorest of the poor vulnerable," he said in a statement. Tertiary institutions have also closed down due to student unrest caused by the regime’s failure to cater for their tuition fees, textbook fees, accommodation, and other expenses."
Dludlu accused the King of being oblivious to the challenges plaguing citizens in his nation, continuing to spoil himself and the family instead:
"He is basically showing them a middle finger and proving to all and sundry that he is a law unto himself."
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