Youth league calls for boycott of Swazi king’s birthday

2011-04-20 08:52

The ANC Youth league has urged artists to boycott Swazi King Mswati III’s birthday celebrations this weekend, calling for an “ongoing revolt” against Africa’s last absolute monarch.

“The ANC Youth League calls on all patriotic South Africans who love peace and social justice to boycott the Concert of Mswati, happening in Swaziland this coming weekend,” spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said.

“We particularly call on all artists invited to Swaziland to boycott the celebration of Mswati’s birthday and his son’s concert, because it is a celebration of the suffering and starvation of the people of Swaziland by the king, his friends and family.”

The league said it would “never be associated” with those who do business with Mswati.

“In solidarity with people of Swaziland, who are now in an ongoing revolt against the Mswati regime, all South Africans are called upon to stop all businesses and interaction they are doing with the repressive, unethical and inconsiderate Swaziland royal family and the puppet government,” Shivambu said.

Opposition parties have been banned in Swaziland since 1973.

Last week, trade unions tried to stage anti-government protests but suspended the mass action after several leaders were arrested.

Mswati has been accused of living in luxury alongside his 13 wives while nearly 70% of his population lives on less than one dollar a day, while also battling one of the highest HIV/Aids rates in the world.

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