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Mswati’s new jet a ‘spit in the face of those living in poverty’

The Swaziland Solidarity Network says the money comes directly from state coffers.

King Mswati III. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) has condemned King Mswati III's latest purchase of a second jet, describing it as a spit in the face of those living in poverty in the kingdom.

The Airbus reportedly used to belong to China Airlines in Taiwan, and with capacity to carry 350 people, it apparently cost more that President Jacob Zuma's Inkwazi Boeing.

The network says the monarch has never worked a day in his life, which means the money comes directly from state coffers, and could have been used towards education and poverty alleviation.

The SSN's Lucky Lukhele says, "Swaziland has requested food aid from the international community so as to help the people of Swaziland that are dying of hunger. The natural thing to do as the Swaziland Solidarity Network is to condemn this in the strongest possible terms."

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