What the palace said

Attempts to get comment from the king were scuppered by bureaucracy.

Attempts to get comment from the king were scuppered by bureaucracy.

On Tuesday morning the kingdom's chief protocol officer, (CPO) Sense Dlamini, told Sowetan to send questions in writing.

Five hours later Dlamini said he had not received the e-mails and faxes.

"There is no paper in our fax machines because when ministers are not around secretaries don't do their job," he said.

"Our e-mails are very slow.I might have to go to the Internet shop."

Yesterday, on Dlamini's advice, we faxed the same questions to Swaziland's embassy in Pretoria.

An official, who identified herself as M Dlamini, contacted Sowetan and confirmed that the CPO had received the questions.

"They are receiving attention," she said.

But the CPO has disappeared.

He failed to return calls or respond to messages left on his cellphone.

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