Absolute monarchy assumes chairmanship of SADC

SADCSwaziland assumes the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community for the first time ever on Wednesday, despite protests from Swaziland and abroad that the small absolute monarchy is not fit to chair the organisation.

The charter of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) clearly states that member states should observe basic human rights such as the right to strike and gender equality, and one of the main objectives of SADC is to support “regional integration, built on democratic principles,” something that SADC’s new chair Swaziland clearly does not. Read more of this post

Støtter ANC demokrati i Swaziland?

Sydafrikas regeringsparti, African National Congress (ANC) udtalte på deres politikkonference i sidste uge, at Sydafrika (der er Swazilands klart vigtigste handelspartner) støtter demokratisering i Swaziland.

Blandt andet udtalte præsident Zumas udenrigsrådgiver, Lindiwe Zulu, at ”vi støtter demokratiseringen af Swaziland”, og at budskabet fra konferencen var, at ANC skulle ”presse på” for at få partier lovliggjort i landet.

Med en ting er retorik, noget andet hvordan man rent faktisk handler. For samtidigt er ANC-regeringen i gang med at give Swazilands enevældige monark, kong Mswati III, et kæmpe lån på 230 millioner Euro, uden at stille egentlige krav om demokratisering til gengæld.

Swazi students denounce solidarity network foul-mouth

“The Swaziland National Union of Students is amazed and angry at the bile spewed by one self-imposed exile called Lucky Lukhele. … The article was a constructive criticism of the broad, mass democratic movement in Swaziland. … Lucky Lukhele and the chairperson of the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN), Solly [Mapaila], have actually destabilized the mass democratic movement,” the Swazi student organisation SNUS said in a statement issued by Secretary General Samkeliso Ginindza today [April 28].

The reason for the strongly worded statement from SNUS was the nature of the wording made by the SSN’s Lucky Lukhele and the Swazi April 12 Uprising Facebook campaign in replies to an article I wrote. Read more of this post