President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community(SADC) Troika on Politics, Defense and Security had to rush to eSwatini on Tuesday as the torture, shooting and killing of civilians by Mswati’s soldiers continued particularly in the rural areas. This comes after King Mswati allegedly told the SADC Special Envoys that he would be open to a dialogue after his Incwala ceremony but he continued to unleash his forces to shoot and kill civilians merely for democratic reforms.
Despite the ban on the delivery of petitions, political parties have vowed to peacefully ground Manzini this coming Friday. This is according to the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), Mlungisi Makhanya, who spoke on behalf of the Political Party Assembly (PPA).
Mphandlana Shongwe, one of eSwatini’s remaining struggle icons says Swazis will soon return to the streets to demand a neutral ground for a political dialogue not Sibaya. This comes amid reports suggesting that King Mswati who stands accused of killing dozens of protesting civilians,wanted the political dialogue to be held within his Ludzidzini Royal Residence.
King Mswati’s government has postponed the opening of schools following another threat of a mass protest after parents across the country refused to sign “no protest” consent forms on behalf of their children. The postponement of schools comes after Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) indicated that as the progressive movement they had a special surprise for Mswati’s government if the arrested pro-democracy Members of Parliament(MPs) were not released by Friday.
Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) said they have a surprise action for Mswati’s Government should they fail to release pro-democracy Members of Parliament(MPs) Bacede Mabuza, and Mthandeni Dube before Friday. Speaking to this Swaziland News online radio on Monday when interviewed by editor Zweli Martin Dlamini, the PUDEMO President said they have given Tinkhundla Government an ultimatum to release the MPs adding that they also demand the withdrawal of the warrant of arrest against Siphofaneni MP Mduduzi Magawugawu Simelane and the release of freedom fighter Amos Mbedzi.
Remember how cute was Banele's girlfriend during her pregnancy till she gives birth Political Life Government. The government is a monarchy, with the Ngwenyama functioning as the head of state. The prime minister is appointed by the king. The "Westminster Constitution" of 1968 was suspended by royal decree in 1973. A new constitution was written in 1978 but has not been ratified. A bicameral parliament with a Senate and a House of Assembly has only advisory functions. The judiciary includes a high court and
Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) said Friday protest will remain peaceful, he urged security forces not to escalate it into a night chaos by brutalizing protesters. Speaking to this Swaziland News on Wednesday, the PUDEMO President warned security forces saying their conduct during the day will determine whether the protest should escalate to Friday night or not.
Senator Manqoba Khumalo, the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade has told Channel Africa that protesters who were looting from businesses were armed with guns and government had to shut down the internet to control foreign insurgents who were leading the protests for democratic reforms. This comes after King Mswati issued a decree banning protests and delivery of petitions after citizens organised series of protests in demand for democratic reforms, protestors subsequently defied the King who later unleashed the army to shoot and kill dozens of civilians.
Jeff Radebe, the leader of the SADC Troika Special Envoys ‘kicked’ out three journalists from the Times and the Observer after political leaders objected that there were not supposed to be part of the meeting that seeks to find solutions in resolving the current political chaos. The objection regarding the presence of the State controlled journalists was raised by Mlungisi Makhanya, President of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) who indicated that most journalists in the country were secretly working for the police adding that some of them even failed to hide that through their pro-Monarchy writings.
Nosimilo Vilakati, a Swazi based in the United Kingdom organized representatives of the various political organizations to donate groceries to pro-democracy Gogo Esther Mathuntjwa-Gama. The organizations that were represented include the Swaziland Youth Congress(SWAYOCO), the youth wing of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO), the Communist Party of Swaziland(CPS), the Swaziland Liberation Movement(SWALIMO), the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress(NNLC), the Swaziland People’s Liberation Movement(SPLM)and the Economic Freedom Fighters of Swaziland(EFF) Swaziland.
Eswatini citizens will on Wednesday march to Siteki Police Station to deliver a petition as King Mswati’s police officers continue to shoot and kill civilians. This comes after the police shot and killed Nhlanhla Kunene last week for allegedly violating curfew rules. Reached for comment, Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) confirmed that protesters would march to the police station on Wednesday.
Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) said as an organization they support the striking Illovo workers who are demanding a salary increase from their employer. Speaking to this Swaziland News on Tuesday, the PUDEMO President said Illovo generated lots of profits and urged the management to award its workers the demanded salary increment.
Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) has urged South Africans to continue standing in solidarity with the people of eSwatini by boycotting products from companies linked to King Mswati. Speaking during a blockade at Lavumisa Border Post on Thursday, the PUDEMO President said the solidarity must now go beyond blockades and intensify into the boycott of products from companies linked to royalty adding that this would hit Mswati where it matters most.
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in eSwatini. The tiny landlocked country's 1.1 million citizens have had enough with their wealthy king's rule. Eswatini has been ruled by high-profile-life kings since 53 years ago when it gained its independence. This past week many businesses in which the king owns a stake were either looted or burnt down by protesters who want King Mswati III to give them democracy.
Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress(NNLC)said she was detained by the police during a protest march on Friday merely for wearing her political party’s t-shirt. Political activists in eSwatini risk being killed for wearing t-shirt belonging to their banned political organizations, Sipho Jele, a member of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) was allegedly killed in police custody merely for wearing a PUDEMO t-shirt.
Brian Sangweni, the Spokesperson of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) has mourned the death of Musa Hlophe, who was an active member of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress (NNLC), he died, allegedly due to COVID-19 complications. Hlophe was a human rights defender, former trade unionist, ex-Chairperson of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and Coordinator of the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations (SCCCO).
PUDEMO calls for mass demonstrations against alleged royal serial rapist Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) has called upon students, political parties and the civil society to organize mass demonstrations against the refusal by the police to charge an alleged royal serial rapist. The royal family member stands accused of raping a University of Eswatini (UNESWA) student and the police have been denying the victim access to justice as members of the ro
Officers have killed 29 additional individuals in eSwatini, the biggest resistance, the People's United Democratic Movement (Pudemo), said on Friday. "Notwithstanding the 40 individuals killed by the military, 29 others have been affirmed dead earlier today (Friday)," secretary-general Wandile Dludlu said.
JOHANNESBURG - Eswatini's biggest resistance said that there were no indications of progress in the realm even after the appearance of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) emissaries. The appointment is relied upon to meet with King Mswati III, who has dismissed calls to give up power.
How long should our people fight for democracy. Should they die before they can be free? If they king does not treat them right, should they be killed? The EFF is demanding diplomatic intervention in eSwatini amid protests for democracy in what the party calls 'the despotic kingdom'.