Swaziland democracy solidarity

This video is called Human rights abuses in Swaziland.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Pressure builds on last absolute king

Friday 12 June 2009

by James Tweedie

The Swaziland High Commission in South Africa met democracy campaigners yesterday following months of protests in Johannesburg.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) has held protests outside the High Commission every Friday since January with its allies the South African Communist Party, trade union federation COSATU, the ANC Youth League and other democratic organisations.

They have been demanding the release of imprisoned Peoples’ United Democratic Movement president Mario Masuku and other political prisoners, and the restoration of democracy in southern Africa’s last absolute monarchy.

On June 8 protesters refused to leave until there was a commitment from the High Commission and official feedback. The High Commissioner gave in and agreed to meet SSN today.

The SSN delegation of national chairman Solly Mapaila and five others said that they highlighted the need for the Swazi monarchy to recognise the inevitability of dialogue and a peaceful transition to democracy.

They delivered a statement, signed by 14 South African political, trade union and solidarity organisations calling for “direct, open, credible talks between the monarch on the one hand and the representatives of the people on the other.”

Present King Mswati III‘s father Sobhuza II suspended the nation’s constitution in 1973, five years after independence from Britain. Political parties remain banned and the prime minister is appointed by the King.

Mr Masuku was jailed last November under the 2008 Suppression of Terrorism Act, which allows the state to imprison members and supporters of any organisation that it brands terrorists.

5 thoughts on “Swaziland democracy solidarity

  1. Hi Swazi Media, thanks for your comment. Good luck with your blog (to which I linked in my blog post here).

    The video comes from Google video, here. It was put there on 23 March 2009, so not very old. It may have been made earlier of course.

    UPDATE 2014: Google video is gone, including that video. I have replaced the video in the blog post with a YouTube video.


  2. Hey Kitty, you’re some cool cat!

    Here are a couple points for you and RR:
    1. As the report says, traditionally the king would choose a wife from each clan. This had significance in the old days the same way aristocracy married one another from various European countries to form alliances. What was surprising about Sandra was that she was a Dlamini – Makoestive’s (the kings given name) own clan. This is traditionally taboo but how can you stop a horny king? And the tradition is not to take 3 girls at once…..he’s out of control in more ways than one!
    2. Sandra seems to have had a couple miscarriages and therefore was not taken as a wife – if you’re not a baby machine you’re not much.
    3. In 2006 or 2007 Sandra was ceremoniously “adopted” by the king’s mother as a “daughter” – seems you can’t just throw out a girl after you’ve had her. She’s just a concubine it appears.
    4. This news clip (BBC I believe) is perhaps by Angus Crawford of 2003. But I can’t verify that at the moment. The abductions were Oct 2002.

    Finally Kitty, thanks for your attention to Swaziland. This and the May 7 entry are fine material.


  3. Swazis claim their democratic space

    By Jan Sithole, general secretary of the Swaziland Federation of Trade
    July 16, 2009 — Ask most people around the world who are not from
    Swaziland what they know about the country, the most likely response
    will be a blank stare. Those who have heard of Swaziland are mired in
    stereotypes about an exotic mountain kingdom.
    As a Swazi citizen who was born, brought up and lives in Swaziland,
    these conjured images bring weary smiles every time I am confronted with
    them, especially when I am abroad on an assignment representing the
    trade union movement.
    Swaziland, just like the rest of Africa and the global South, is a
    country grappling with all the contradictions and challenges thrown up
    by history, globalisation and internal power politics.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/1164


  4. Pingback: Lack of human rights in Swaziland | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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