Swazi court: Reinstate fired teachers

2012-08-04 08:13

Mbabane - A Swazi court on Friday ordered the government to reinstate more than 300 teachers fired after taking part in a five-week strike over salaries, saying their action was legal.

"Government is therefore interdicted from firing teachers and the matter shall return to court at a later date," Judge Nkosinathi Nkonyane said in his ruling.

The teachers were fired after they ignored a court order to return to work, in a strike that shut down schools across the impoverished monarchy ruled by King Mswati III.

Teachers have not had a pay increase since 2010 as the government battles to finance its massive public wage bill.
They are demanding a 4.5% salary hike.

After the court verdict, jubilant teachers marched in the streets of the capital Mbabane to deliver a petition to the education ministry to stop the dismissals.

Protests have grown since last year in the traditionally peaceful kingdom, which is bordered on three sides by South Africa, where trade unions and the banned political movements are calling for democratic reforms.

The country's problems are partly blamed on absolute ruler Mswati's extravagant lifestyle, supporting his 13 wives each in her own palace and high-flying international shopping trips, all paid for by state funds.

  • Ntsikelelo Shwayimba - 2012-08-04 10:00

    Stupid king...something needs 2 b done about this guy, poor and innocent people r suffering because of his stupidity. his country is faced with a bigger challenge of being 1 of the most leading in HIV/AIDS in the Southern africa according 2 statics.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-04 11:05

    The rich king will overrule the court as he and his clan are above all laws.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-04 22:49

      In reality he's not rich. He's a Ponzi scheme about to implode.

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