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'SwaziLeaks' blows the whistle on jet-setting monarchy

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King has an annual household budget of $60m in a country where about 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day.

SwaziLeaks posts photographs of the extravagant lifestyles of the Royal family on social media (Photo: Swazi Leaks Facebook page)

SwaziLeaks posts photographs of the extravagant lifestyles of the Royal family on social media (Photo: Swazi Leaks Facebook page)

IN THIS small African kingdom a group of citizens have started a social media movement called “SwaziLeaks”, which aims to expose the lavish lifestyles of the country’s ruling royals.

SwaziLeaks members - who refuse to say who or where in Swaziland they are, for fear of being targeted - started a Twitter feed a year ago.

They regularly post photos of royals purportedly abroad: partying in Los Angeles, enjoying a luxurious suite at London’s Heathrow airport or at other opulent locations.

“We wanted to try and expose some of the exploitation and corruption of the rich and powerful,” SwaziLeaks said. 

Swaziland is an absolute monarchy ruled by King Mswati III. The government is frequently accused of stifling dissent and jailing opponents.

The king has an annual household budget of around $60m in a country where about 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day.

“We get information and pictures from people who know or work for them,” SwaziLeaks said. “We have never told anyone what we do and try and not put anyone in jeopardy due to the information we have.”

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