Swazi royals get an increase - SSN
While the Swazi government mulls over implementing a 10% salary cut for all civil servants, the stipend given to King Mswati's brothers and sisters has been increased by 10%, according to the Swaziland Solidarity Network
The stipend, which will now be R110 000, is given to all the king’s siblings, regardless of their economic status.
This effectively means that the CEO of the Swaziland National Provident Fund, who is a prince, is also entitled to this royal stipend despite the fact that he earns a basic salary of R80,000 per month, or R960,000 per annum.
Most of these princes and princesses are well-salaried the civil servants, the SSN said in a statement. It says others work at Tibiyo and other parastatals, where they are appointed by the king "regardless of their qualifications and aptitude for their jobs".
"These [royals] are currently about 96 in number, which effectively means that a total of R11 million will be set aside for them this year.
"This money is enough to feed more than 400 families for the whole year.
"It is also enough to cater for the country's government hospital's medical needs for the rest of the year and beyond that..
"We condemn this blatant waste of public resources in the midst of economic hardship and hope that it will inspire civil servants will continue to fight against the salary cuts.
"It should also give teachers good reason to pursure their demands for a 4.5% salary increment," the Swaziland Solidarity Network said.