King Mswati Jacob Zuma

Former President Jacob Zuma and King Mswati III in Eswatini. Image: X/@EswatiniGovern1.

Did King Mswati gift Jacob Zuma with locked and sealed suitcases?

Insiders suspect that there was cash inside the sealed and locked suitcases King Mswati allegedly gave to Jacob Zuma.

King Mswati Jacob Zuma

Former President Jacob Zuma and King Mswati III in Eswatini. Image: X/@EswatiniGovern1.

King Mswati III allegedly gifted former President Jacob Zuma with three locked and sealed suitcases that some believe contained cash during the country’s Army Day celebration on 5 April.

This is according to a report by the Swaziland News.


According to the publication sources within the security team suspected that there was cash inside the suitcases which came from King Mswati’s office at Lozitha.

One of the suitcases was allegedly carried straight to Zuma’s car by Chief Protocol Officer Khandlela Mdluli, another King’s Office employee identified as Masiko, and one of Zuma’s bodyguards, the publication reported.

Notably, Swaziland News said the allegations suggesting that there was cash inside could not be verified as the suitcases were allegedly sealed and locked. King Mswati’s spokesperson denied the allegations.

King Mswati Jacob Zuma
Former Heads of State Ian Khama and Jacob Zuma attended the Kingdom of Eswatini’s Army Day earlier in April. Image: X/@EswatiniGovern1.

There might not be much to the gifts as King Mswati and the newly-formed uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party leader have familial relations.

Zuma’s son Mxolisi is married to King Mswati’s niece, Princess Ziyanda Dlamini. The Zuma family reportedly paid 120 cows for the Swazi princess in 2017.

Mxolisi is the eldest of five children born to Zuma and his late second wife, Kate Mantsho. He is also the elder brother of twins Duduzane and Duduzile.

In 2014, Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse married Fikisiwe who is the daughter of King Mswati’s brother, Phiwokwakhe Dlamini, who died in 2005.

Furthermore, Zuma once began lobola negotiations in 2002 and paid 50 cows for King Mswati’s sister, Princess Sebentile Dlamini.


In 2019, the Sunday Times reported that King Mswati had $30 million that belonged to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. 

Gaddafi allegedly appropriated the money from the State to pay for any potential legal fees just months before his death.

This large sum of cash, according to the publication, was given to Zuma for safekeeping in case Gaddafi would need legal assistance in the United States. However, the ruler was murdered by NATO operatives in a 2011 raid.

King Mswati claimed he was given the funds after they were initially stored in a bunker at Zuma’s infamous Nkandla homestead – one that even ex-Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was denied access to.

Madonsela was denied access during a search her office had conducted in the former president’s home.