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Samwu supports Swazi ‘uprising’

2011-04-11 11:39

Johannesburg - The SA Municipal Workers' Union on Monday said it supports the upcoming protests in Swaziland.

"If even one part of our continent lives under a tyrannical regime, none of us can claim to be free. The Swazi people have suffered economically and politically at the hands of the royal elite," said spokesperson Tahir Sema in a statement.

"It is heartening to note that there is a new mood amongst trade unions, civic and social movements, students and faith based organisations.

"They have realised that it is only through mobilising their members, and daring to think and plan for another Swaziland that the current bankrupt regime can be replaced."

Samwu supported the call of trade unions in Swaziland for the sacking of the current cabinet and King Mswati and replacing them with a transitional government.

"We therefore send our greetings to all Swazi democrats, and pledge ourselves to providing practical solidarity to them in the struggle for a democratic and people driven Swaziland."

ANC ally Cosatu is set to protest along the Swaziland border on Tuesday. Unions, youth movements, civil society and opposition groups have reportedly vowed to protest on Tuesday against the Swazi monarch.

A former leader of the Swaziland National Union of Students said the youth were to embark on North African-style protests on April 12 - they are demanding a "total change of the system of government in Swaziland".

A facebook group called the "April 12 Swazi Uprising" had been started to help mobilise people.

According to its description on Facebook, the group: "is the voice of the people on the streets who are sick and tired of the misrule by the Swazi regime and the snail pace and lack of action by Swaziland's so-called progressive".

It pledges to, in the next few months, create the biggest mass movement that the country had ever seen.

Comments
  • The Observer - 2011-04-11 12:38

    The Swazi people have suffered economically and politically at the hands of the royal elite. Well you lot have the same here just replace royal with anc. nothing different so why waste time there when you have the same situation here. Narrow-minded the lot of you are. I’m going to laugh when the KING starts shooting at you lot.

  • GT - 2011-04-11 12:42

    The silence from our government is appalling. But we need to look deeper into the tribal relationships between the Zulu and Swazi households and the lack of will to upset the applecart. Mswati is has drained the state coffers dry. He drives a couple of R4mill+ cars and his country does not have a hospital with a life support system. He should be dealt with like the Tsars of Russia for his abuse of the people he controls

      Playnice - 2011-04-11 13:01

      Our government is silent because it is exactly how they operate too. They drive fancy cars, live the good life while the population suffers. If they were to criticise, they would would be pointing fingers at their own system.

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-04-11 12:45

    "If even one part of our continent lives under a tyrannical regime, none of us can claim to be free" - so why aren't these clowns picketing at Beit Bridge? And by the way, can they please tell us when our garbage is going to be collected?

  • fazal.k.esq1 - 2011-04-11 12:50

    This time, I'm fully in support

  • Gazza99 - 2011-04-11 12:53

    "If even one part of our continent lives under a tyrannical regime, none of us can claim to be free. The Swazi people have suffered economically and politically at the hands of the royal elite," said spokesperson Tahir Sema in a statement. Well Tahir, wtf do you think is happening in our own country? Open your eyes. The ANC are exactly the same as the "royal elite" in Swaziland.

  • CTS - 2011-04-11 13:10

    Any cause backed by SAMWU is stripped of any value it might have had. They can't even manage their own tasks at home but they want to tell Swaziland how to run their affairs. What a bunch of idiots!

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