“The Swaziland” is a newspaper that seeks to publish and give an insight of what is happening in the Kingdom of Swaziland, the Republic of South Africa and around the world. Guided by the principles of journalism and relevant laws, it seeks to provide accurate, fair and balanced information on issues of democracy, human rights and other developmental issues in the public interest. The newspaper is published by Swaziland News (PTY) LTD, a publishing company legally registered in the Republic of South Africa.
Our mission is to provide accurate information that will enable citizens to make informed decisions regarding issues that affect their welfare, be it political, socially, economically or otherwise.
Our vision is become the most reliable source of credible information that will make a difference not only for the people of Swaziland but around the world.
The editorial policy of the newspaper shall among others be guided as follows:
Promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Promote culture, tourism and traditions that are not in conflict with democratic values, human rights, particularly the rights of women and children.
Promote talents by giving coverage to entertainment and other sporting activities.
Briefly about the Managing editor
Zweli Martin Dlamini was forced to exile by the Swaziland regime after he published series of investigative stories about corruption involving King Mswati and the late powerful businessman Victor Gamedze in the establishment of a telecoms company Swazi Mobile.
Dlamini worked for various newspapers in Swaziland that include the Swazi Observer where he started as an entertainment reporter. Thereafter, he joined Ingwazi News, the Swazi Mirror and the Business Sunday that later changed its name to Independent News.
The editor also made his name in the acting industry where he was a scriptwriter for the Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Services (SBIS).He was then contracted by Lusweti Institute for Health Development as an actor for both radio and TV drama that was aired in Swaziland and other TV stations across the African continent.
In 2011, Dlamini was nominated for the best Investigative journalist of the Year in the Media Awards catergory. The journalist was nominated for his story that exposed R7million fraud within the Swaziland Post and Telecommunications Coporation(SPTC) where top officials allegedly colluded to defraud government in Customs Duties. In 2012, Dlamini was engaged by Matroska Films in Brazil to conduct research in Swaziland for the production of a documentary “The Ceremony of Virgins” that was aired on various TV Stations in South America. The documentary was actually gathering information on the Umhlanga Reed Dance ceremony where thousands of young girls gather at the Palace to dance before King Mswati. Some of these girls are believed to be abducted to married by the King at a young age.
In 2012, Dlamini established Zwemart Private Investigators, an investigating company that made its name in Swaziland after being contracted by major corporate companies that include banks, State owned companies, insurance entities and other private entities among others. Dlamini is a qualified investigator and is currently furthering his studies through distance education on investigation particularly the “Law of Evidence”.
While studying investigation Dlamini excelled on “Fraud Investigation” subject and this enhanced his investigative journalism skills, as result, he has proven to have an interest in fraud and corruption stories.
Due to the nature of his job as an investigative journalist, Dlamini was perceived as the enemy of a powerful corrupt syndicate that involved the late businessman Victor Gamedze, Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini and National Commissioner Isaac Magagula. The editor fled to exile after learning that the syndicate (in the name of the King) was plotting to arrest him on treason charges and while in prison be poisoned.
While in exile Dlamini partnered with a South African to establish this publication, the Swaziland News and he has received support from other international media organizations with training on how to manage an online publication.