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Political parties, religious organizations and civil rights call for democracy in eSwatini


Through Goitsemang Tlhabye 8h ago

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Pretoria – Political parties, religious and civil rights organizations are trumpeting in solidarity with the people of eSwatini, demanding an end to the monarch rule in this country.

As weeks of protests and tensions continue to build up around the “pro-democracy” protests unfolding in the country formerly known as Swaziland, various sectors in South Africa are calling on the South African government to do so. hear his voice and intervene.

Last week Thabo Cecil Makgoba, the South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, tweeted: “In my intercession today I am raising all the people of eSwatini before God. Lord God, we are broken because all are broken in your mountain kingdom of eSwatini. Lord, hasten the coming of peace and harmony through us all, for the sake of mercy. Amen.”

EFF leader Julius Malema and his party said his members would close all border entrances to eSwatini after the elections in South Africa on November 1 to show solidarity for the protests.

The SACP also added its voice, declaring it was in full solidarity with the “oppressed people” of eSwatini struggling for democracy and social emancipation.

SACP committee member Dr Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo said the struggle in eSwatini has been waged for many years by many liberation movements, including the United People’s Democratic Movement and the Communist Party of Swaziland.

Mashilo said the recent waves of protests, which began in May, were the result of increased activism by young people and students, despite the extreme violence of the regime’s security forces, resulting in the deaths of more of 70 people.

Swaziland being the last absolute monarchy in Africa, all legislative, executive and judicial powers are vested in the king.

As a result, political parties were and remain banned since April 12, 1973, with the absolute monarch, Mswati III, being above ultimate authority.

Mashilo said that while the party respects the sovereign right of the Swazi people to achieve justice, peace and the transition to democracy and social emancipation, the fact is that democracy for the country is long overdue.

“The SACP pledges its solidarity with the Communist Party of Swaziland by calling for the formation of democratic community councils as part of the building of bodies of popular power in Swaziland.

“We call for intensified international solidarity with the people of Swaziland, the overwhelming majority of the working class and the poor. The struggle of the Swazi people for democracy and social emancipation is a just struggle and must be supported in all possible peaceful ways.

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