Swazi police shoot at demonstrators

Several workers were badly injured from beatings, rubber bullets and teargas fired by police in riot gear during demonstrations for better wages and working conditions in Swaziland on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of people had stayed home from work and taken to the streets of Swaziland’s capital Mbabane, commercial centre Manzini, and smaller towns Nhlangano and Sitiki in demonstrations led by trade union congress TUCOSWA. Read more of this post

Nothing to celebrate for most Swazis

Swaziland is one of the world’s most unequal countries, where over ten percent survive on food aid. Absolute monarch King Mswati is celebrating his and his independent country’s 50th birthday by giving himself a new plane and throwing a huge party.

Today, Swaziland’s absolute monarch King Mswati III begun what Swaziland’s official tourist website refers to as “lavish celebrations” and “a party fit for a king”. Read more of this post

Al magt til kongen

Udgangspunktet for ethvert ægte demokrati er adskillelse af den udøvende, lovgivende og dømmende magt, som vi har det i Danmark. I Swazilands såkaldte ”Swazi democracy” derimod, er alle tre magter styret af landets enevældige konge, Mswati III.

I demokratier som Danmark sikrer magtens tredeling, at der i princippet er vandtætte skodder mellem statsministeren, regeringen og den offentlige administration på den ene side, og folketinget og domstolene på den anden. Read more of this post

Swazi unions demand pay rise

Thousands of workers demand better wages during march to Swazi PM's office in Mbabane today BLOG1.500 Swazi workers marched in Swaziland’s capital Mbabane on Thursday, as part of a two-day strike action, where they delivered a petition to Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini demanding increased salaries for public sector workers.

The march was part of a six-month-long demand by Swazi trade union federation TUCOSWA for the government to release a salary review report that highlights working conditions of public sector workers across the country. Read more of this post

Fakta om Swaziland

Swaziland er et land i det sydlige Afrika, der grænser op til Sydafrika og Mozambique. Landet er omkring 17 500 kvadratkilometer stort, og har en befolkning på ca.1,1 millioner mennesker. Swaziland tjener primært sine penge på sukker, træ, og turisme. Man har desuden nogle få mineraler, især asbest, og nogle få kul og stenminer er stadigvæk operationelle.

Siden Swazilands uafhængighed fra Storbritannien i 1968 har Swaziland været et kongerige, der ledes af en enevældig monark, og siden den stadigvæk gældende undtagelsestilstand i 1973 har alle politiske partier desuden været forbudt. Read more of this post

Bomb attack on Swazi Human Rights activist’s house

A bomb destroyed the home of Human Rights activist and Swaziland United Democratic Front National Secretary, Alex Langwenya, in Bhunya Village in Western Swaziland on Tuesday June 8. Nobody was injured although the roof of the house was literally blow off and Langwenya and his family were in the house at the time. The police arrived on the scene ten minutes after the explosion to arrest Langwena, a rather preposterous way of conducting a police investigation according to Lucky Lukhele from the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SNN), who saw it as being highly unusual to arrest the victim of the crime without conducting any further investigations. “No attempt was made to pursue any would be suspects or to make preliminary investigations at the crime scene”, stated Lukhele. South African trade union federation, COSATU, and SNN both stated that they believed the reason for this was that the police themselves had planted the bomb to justify their increasingly brutal behaviour towards the democratic movement in Swaziland. Read more of this post