MBABANE: Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress(NNLC) has urged all women who were allegedly defrauded by King Mswati's mother, Queen Ntombi Tfwala's organisation, the now defunct Swaziland Women Economic Empowerment Trust(SWEET) to register as part of a campaign to force Indlovukazi(Queen) to pay back the money.
SWEET is an financial organisation established by the Queen Mother to empower women, however, its operations was subsequently marred by allegations fraud and corruption after women in the rural areas complained that its offices were locked and they don't know where to access their savings.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, the NNLC President said the purpose of the registration was to gather more information regarding the number of women who were allegedly defrauded, agents of the Queen who were instrumental in the establishment of the organisation included Foreign Affairs Minister Thulisile Dladla and former Central Bank Deputy Governor Sibongile Mdluli.
Mazibuko said the involvement of Minister Thulie Dladla who was known as a person who did not tolerate corruption while serving as Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee(PAC) made many women to believe that the organisation was genuine when in fact it was a scheme to defraud them their hard earned money.
"What is more painful about this fraud is the involvement of the Mother of the Nation and the fact that the money was taken from people who don\'t even know where the next meal will come from. This organisation was introduced to them as a savings project that would change their lives and liberate them from poverty, however, when the time came for them to get their money, they realised that the offices were locked and no one now wants to entertain them", said the NNLC President.
Questions were sent to Foreign Affairs Minister Thulisile Dladla through an audio clip regarding this matter, however, she said she was in Parliament and would listen and respond later.
The NNLC President urged women who were defrauded their money to contact her on 76043082 and register with their details so that the matter could be escalated.
Eswatini women, picture not to suggests that these were women who were defrauded(pic Tourism)