Nothando Dube, the twelfth wife of King Mswati the third, the monarch of Eswatini (former Swaziland), has passed away.
Dube, who was known by her official title Inkhosikati LaDube, was 31 years old and succumbed after a battle with skin cancer which she was reportedly being treated for at a South African hospital.
Her passing was announced on eSwatini Broadcasting and Information Services, Lusendvo Fakudze, the traditional governor of the king’s palace, known as Eludzidzini, SABC reports.
She will be buried on Sunday.
Dube is the second wife of the king to pass away.
Senteni Masango, the eighth wife of Mswati, who is Africa’s last absolute monarch, died last year after committing suicide.
Barely a week after the burial of her sister Nombuso Masango, Masango overdosed on about 40 amitriptyline capsules. Amitriptyline, which is sold under the brand name Elavil, among others, is a medicine primarily used to treat a number of mental illnesses.
In September 2017, the king officially unveiled a new bride, Siphelele Mashwama, 19, the daughter of a Swaziland Cabinet minister, Jabulile Mashwama.
She became his fourteenth wife, though some have left him. Further reports claim he now has 15 wives, according to Mpumalanga News.
(Compiled by Daniel Friedman. Additional reporting by CNS Reporter)