Dzeliwe Inkhosikati LaShongwe

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Dzeliwe Inkhosikati Shongwe, Queen Regent of Swaziland

Death: 2003 (75-76)
Immediate Family:

Wife of Ingwenyama Nkhotfotjeni 'Sobhuza II', king of Swaziland
Mother of Private

Managed by: Sharon Lee Doubell
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About Dzeliwe Inkhosikati LaShongwe

The Indlovukazi Dzeliwe Shongwe of Swaziland

  • 1982-83 Reigning Queen Mother,

The senior wife of King Sobhuza II, and joint-head of state and Queen Mother (The Indovukazi, the Great She-Elephant). The king's death on 21 August 1982 precipitated a prolonged power struggle within the royal family. Initially she, assumed the regency and appointed 15 members to the Liqoqo, a traditional advisory body which Sobhuza had sought to establish as the Supreme Council of State. However a power struggle ensued between the Prime Minister, who sought to assert the authority of the Cabinet and members of the Liqoqo. She was pressurised by the Liqoqo to dismiss the Prime Minister and replace him with a Liqoqo supporter. Subsequently she was placed under house arrest by the Liqoqo in October 1983. The Liqoqo subsequently installed Queen Ntombi Laftwala, mother of the 14 year old heir apparent, Prince Makhosetive, as Queen regent in late October. As Queen Mother she was also co-Chairperson of the Swazi National Council the Libandla. She lost the title of Queen Mother in 1985. (b. ca. 1927-).

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