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King Mswati issues treason decree against 4 eSwatini citizens - SSN

The four include a prophet and journalists. If found guilty they could face the death penalty.

FILE: King Mswati III of eSwatini. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) in South Africa said that King Mswati III has passed a decree for four citizens to be charged with high treason.

The four include a prophet and journalists.

If found guilty they could face the death penalty.

Prophet Mtsetfwa who fled to South Africa has told Eyewitness News he believes his sin was telling the recent trade union march that eSwatini had to be to be a multi-party democracy by 2022.

The former royal praise singer turned prophet said that his family had been traditional healers for the royal family for years but he fell out of favour when he became a Christian.

Eyewitness News has not independently verified if the charges have been laid but Mtsetfwa said that police had told him that the prosecuting authority was already on its way.

The whereabouts of the other three accused are not yet known.