I could have died at any moment

Bheki“One police officer came with a plastic bag and put it over my mouth and nose, and pressed very hard so that I couldn’t breathe. I could have died at any moment”, Bheki Dlamini says looking at the camera, close to tears.

The scene is from a new documentary, “Swaziland – Africa’s last absolute monarchy”, made by award-winning Danish investigative journalist Tom Heinemann. Read more of this post

Youth league President acquitted of terrorist charges in absolute monarchy

Bheki Dlamini, President of the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), the youth wing of Swaziland’s largest illegal political party PUDEMO, and former education and mobilizing officer of the Foundation for Socio Economic Justice, has been acquitted of charges of terrorism and released from prison today after a protracted trial that saw him spending over three years in prison.

Speaking to a crowd that had gathered at Sidwashini Prison, waiting for his release, Bheki said “me walking out of prison does not mean freedom. This was a small jail and I’m walking out to a bigger jail until we attain freedom. Comrades let’s go work.” Read more of this post

Unge aktivister sultestrejker i Swaziland

Bheki Dlamini, højtstående PUDEMO-medlem og præsident for PUDEMOs ungdomsorganisation SWAYOCO, og aktivist Zonke Dlamini startede en sultestrejke mandag for at få sat gang i deres retsag, skriver People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) i en pressemeddelelse i dag.

”De har været fængslet siden 2010, og blev i sin tid nægtet løsladelse mod kaution da staten hævdede at de ville få en hurtig dom. Men deres sag er blevet udsat gentagende gange af tvivlsomme årsager”, skriver PUDEMO.

“Jeg tror helt ærligt, at det at de ikke blev løsladt mod kaution var ment som en besked til andre aktivister”, siger deres advokat Mary Pais Da Silva. Read more of this post

Swazi youth congress demands release of political prisoners

The Swaziland Youth Congress is to launch a campaign for the unconditional release of its President, Bheki Dlamini and other political prisoners on February 16. Bheki Dlamini is charged under the Swaziland Terrorism Act with planting petrol bombs in police officers and MP’s houses, a charge that he, SWAYOCO and the democratic movement in Swaziland deny. He has been in jail since June 2010.

“We remain convinced that these comrades are innocent, if anything they are guilty of demanding sustainable jobs for the youth, education for all and the unbanning of political parties. Their resistance and refusal to betray the people in the face of continued harassment, intimidation, isolation and incarceration makes us to fight with more vigor and renewed energy for their release,” SWAYOCO said in a National Excecutive meeting statement released Wednesday. Read more of this post

Bheki Dlamini charged with terrorism in Swaziland

Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice Volunteer, Bheki Dlamini 28, has been charged under Swaziland’s Suppression of Terrorism Act this morning in connection with the recent bombings in the country. Bheki Dlamini, who had been kept at an undisclosed location by police, was charged at Swaziland’s high court this afternoon.

According to a representative of the Swazi democratic movement the charges are ludicrous, as he claims that Dlamini could not possibly have committed the crimes he is charged with. Read more of this post

Yet another democracy activist, Bheki Dlamini, has gone missing in Swaziland

According to Swazi civil society organisation, Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice (FSEJ), one of their volunteers, Bheki Dlamini, has gone missing. His family say that they haven’t seen him since yesterday, and his mobile phone has been switched off since last evening. Friends and colleagues are now searching for him and a lawyer has been put on the case. FSEJ believe that Bheki has been kidnapped by the police, however, and that he might well be tortured if this is the case, as police had been looking for him in his home area in the Hhohho region at Buhleni last week.

Police kidnappings and the torture of members of the democratic movement in Swaziland is increasingly commonplace – most recent was the alleged beating up and murder of Pudemo member Sipho Jele in police custody. Jele had been arrested for wearing a Pudemo T-shirt. Read more of this post


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