Relations with Swaziland is illegitimate, says ANCYL

2010-09-09 07:21

South Africa’s “illegitimate” relations with Swaziland’s absolute monarchy would be raised at the ANC national general council (NGC), its Youth League (ANCYL) said last night.

“Good governance must be an obligation to the Swazi people. It escapes our imagination how the South African government continues to have relations with the illegitimate monarchy and dictatorial regime,” ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said in a statement.

“The ANCYL will raise the illegitimacy of the monarchy and its negative impact on the people of Swaziland in the NGC of the ANC.”

The council would meet from September 20-24.

The league said the political, social and economic emancipation of Swazi people should be the focus of the South African government.

Shivambu said it supported the Global Day of Action for Democracy in Swaziland because its leaders undermine human rights and were at the forefront of suppressing political dissent.

“Today, we witness the harsh conditions under which the people of Swaziland are subject to. The Swazi monarchy continues to undermine human rights and [are] at the forefront of suppressing political dissent in that country.”

Shivambu said it was a state controlled by a few who imposed harsh inhuman injustices on people.

It condemned the arrests of trade union activists from among 350 marchers yesterday, and called for a better life for the Swazi people.

Swazi police broke up a pro-democracy march yesterday, as hundreds of people took to the streets in a second day of protests against Africa’s last absolute monarchy.

Police had allegedly pushed into the crowd to arrest four activists. Three were later released.

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