Maxwell arrested again

According to a source within the democratic movement, Secretary General of SWAYOCO Maxwell Dlamini and Secretary for International Affairs Sonkhke Dube were arrested this morning. “They have been arrested and are in the custody of the Royal Police. The charges are not clear. Both of them were arrested this morning,” the source says.

According to PUDEMO, “about 23 Police officers arrested SWAYOCO Secretary for International, Comrade Sonkhe Dube. He was arrested at Matsanjeni. This Government is in a serious mission to silence and send more threats to the entire glorious movement.”

Last time Maxwell Dlamini was arrested he was tortured by Swazi police and put on trial for possession of explosives, a case that has been postponed several times. Africa Contact led a campaign for his release that saw his release on bail.

The arrests of the two SWAYOCO leaders follow the police clamp down on a SWAYOCO rally on April 19 to campaign for an election boycott. There have also been several recent arrests of other activists in Swaziland, including Wonder Mkhonza, Mfanawnkosi ‘Boer’ Mntshaliand and Derrick Nkambule, the latter two who were allegedly tortured according to South African trade union federation COSATU.

Update 24/4-2013:
“Maxwell Dlamini is appearing before the Mbabane magistrate court tomorow at 9 am. The charge is, participating in an unlwaful activity,” according to Swaziland National Union of Students.

“Sonkhe Dube the international secretary of SWAYOCO has since been released after detention for the whole 17 hours. Maxwell has officially been charged with a crime of organising  and participation in an illegal activity on the 19th  in Mbabane under the 1963 public order act, and is due to appear in court today,” according to the Swaziland United Democratic Front.

Update 24/4-2013:
“Maxwell Dlamini sent back to police custody until 2 May. Nothing was mentioned regarding bail,” said a source within the democratic movement.

Sign the petition for his release: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-government-of-swaziland-release-political-prisoner-maxwell-dlamini

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