Swazi queen sees doctor in SA

The flag of Swaziland Picture: Facebook

The flag of Swaziland Picture: Facebook

Swazi King Mswati III’s mother Queen Ntomfi Tfwala was surrounded by a huge entourage as she went for a medical examination at Netcare Milpark Hospital, in Parktown, Johannesburg yesterday.

Queen Tfwala, who was married to King Mswati’s father King Sobhuza II, consulted Dr Hetesh Pitamber, a dermatologist at Milpark Hospital, The Citizen can reveal. Dressed in an orange outfit, with a matching orange doek, the Queen bought a bandage, cream and Gaviscon – medication to relieve heartburn and acid reflux – at the hospital’s pharmacy.  Although she consulted a dermatologist it is believed she had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan document in her hand.

The Queen was travelling in a black BMW 7 series “similar to SA state cars” and was escorted by two Mercedes-Benz Vitos, two Mercedes-Benz sedans, Metro Police cars and a white Quantum.

She had at least 30 bodyguards who were all dressed in black suits.

Queen Tfwala and her entourage had to use the hospital’s exit to access the hospital because there were too many people at the reception area.

“There was one guy who stood out from the rest. He looked like someone from the royal family. He was wearing a traditional outfit with an animal skin sash tied around his shoulders and was holding something like a knobkerrie,” said an onlooker who witnessed the spectacle.

The Citizen contacted Dr Pitamber, however he declined to comment stating that he was busy with a patient.

“I tried to ask the guards what was happening, however everyone was tight-lipped about what was happening. I asked one of the people who was with the queen whether Her Majesty was okay and she said she was fine,” said a patient at the hospital who asked to remain anonymous.

Asked why a Swazi royal was escorted by Metro cops, Metro police spokesperson Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said: “It is procedure for Metro police to escort heads of state or their spouses as well as national and international athletes. This is irrespective of what they are here for.”

The Swaziland High Commissioner Chief Senzangakhona Dlamini could not be reached for comment.

King Mswati is the only son to Queen Tfwala and King Sobhuza. His father had 125 wives during his 82-year reign. King Mswati has 15 wives and 25 children. – vicky@citizen.co.za

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