Swaziland lashes ANC over reform pressure

2012-03-09 22:01

Mbabane - Swaziland on Friday lashed out at the African National Congress, and the youth league in particular, over its pressure for democratic reforms in Africa's last absolute monarchy.

Government spokesperson Percy Simelane accused the ANC of forgetting the role played by Swaziland during the struggle against apartheid.

"We helped this ANC government during the struggle and today this is how they repay us?" Simelane said on national radio.

"The ANC-led government should not repay us the way that they are doing. We know them as our friends and neighbours. We share good cordial relationship with them, hence our disappointment with the utterances of their members in the alliance."

Swaziland is facing a crippling financial crisis that has left the government struggling to pay wages and keep public services running.

South Africa last year offered Swaziland a $368m bailout that comes with requirements for democratic reforms. Swaziland never signed.

The ANC's Youth League and labour unions have vocally supported pro-democracy protests in the last year. They have also called for a cultural boycott, urging South African singers not to perform in the kingdom.

The cultural boycott was initiated by Swaziland's banned opposition party Pudemo, and several prominent South African artists have cancelled concerts.

  • Peter - 2012-03-09 22:11

    "We helped this ANC government during the struggle and today this is how they repay us?" In this instance, in a perfectly appropriate way - by helping the people of Swaziland liberate their country from oppression!

      Max - 2012-03-10 05:14

      I agree, but in Africa liberation means replacing one oppressor with another. I do not think African people perceive freedom as the right to do something for themselves as individuals with the least government interference as possible. In the African context freedom rather means choosing leaders that will provide for you by means of grants and redistribution of wealth that was created by the previous leaders. Africans don't want freedom because they can't cope with freedom, they only want to choose their own oppressors.

      Hugh - 2012-03-11 10:17

      ANc has refused to put the same pressure on Zim because they said they cannot involve themselves with another countreis internal problems. That internal problems should be bsorted out by it own. So why do it to the Swazi.

  • Danny - 2012-03-09 22:15

    didn't SA give a loan to Swaziland last year sometime?

      Hugo - 2012-03-09 23:04

      SD did not accept conditions

  • Sylvia - 2012-03-09 22:37

    I hope that Mswati never got a cent of that bailout money.

  • Sanele AkaNathinyc Molula - 2012-03-09 22:44


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      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-10 07:46

      Lol @The oracle

  • Anthony - 2012-03-10 00:27

    Mswati; a little gaddafi in the making; corrupt, violent and king !!

  • Nandosi - 2012-03-10 00:33

    Percy simelane your luck of education is letting you down, Swaziland is not the only country that helped the ANC. How could you agree with a polygamy soverign where your King sleep whom so ever he feel. Think like a human being not animal buddy...

  • Anneck - 2012-03-10 01:00

    Ah yes! South Africa leads by example! Yet turns a blind eye toward Zimbabwe's dictatorship!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-10 05:42

    SA owes Swaziland zero. Get rid of that greedy fatty who has lots of wives and costs the country millions. Swaziland does not need a king. There is no such thing as royalty. They are just the best scammers ever who make an entire nation fund there lifestyle . Abso;utely ridiculous and yet it happens all over the world.

      Cracker - 2012-03-10 16:00

      True that.

  • Silvana - 2012-03-10 05:55

    Ask your king, why you're facing a "crippling financial crisis".

  • IrvinIco - 2012-03-10 07:58

    Mswati is a dictator and autocrat hiding being tradition and culture as an excuse for abuse of power.Why subject so many poeple to tyranny and oppression just to uphold the tradition that benefits him and his family

      Anneck - 2012-03-10 11:38

      Can you say the same about Robert Mugabe?

  • Lucky Manaswe - 2012-03-10 08:15

    We are tired of swaziland and zimbabwe, I think these two countries are very bad apples in southern africa. If this region is stable economically and politically, we won't be having so many foreigners in the country competing with the locals for land and jobs. The day Mswati and Mugabe fall is the day this region will get better, how I wish they had oil reserves the greedy US would have sort them out years ago.

  • stalin.rudolf - 2012-03-10 08:50

    after the speech Jimmy Mannyi gave about toll fees, Dullar Omma did with our drivers licences, the firearm licence renewal laws, aurora mines. eastern cape educators going unpaid, eskom electricity 43% increase, blue light brigades, potholes, police shooting kids in the back, 51 murders in kwaZulu Natal only committed by Cato manor OC. Bheki Cele R500million Saps deals, elite BEEs, AA, perol levy, Mandela's face on our bills, info bill, i don't think South Africa represented by ANA can tell Swaziland anything about democracy.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-10 09:24

    seems Cuba was a better anti apartheid buddy, the ANC had no problem giving them R 1bn in taxpayers money to thank them for their support, no conditions or questions asked.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-10 09:37

    the whole of Europe & the USA also helped the ANC get rid of apartheid & look how the ANC & ANCYL have thanked them, called them bloody agents, imperialists, pigs etc...the truth is the ANC only has time for Mugabe, the late Mr Guddaffi, & far as the rest of the world is concerned they can go to hell, an arrogant & narrow-minded attitude that is going to come back & bite them soon. They are also pissing off Africa, Nigeria (last week), Mauritius (Zuma & his docs), Botswana (Malema & regime change), Lybia (Gaddaffi support), the AU (Lybia), Xenophobia etc etc...they are becoming unpopular, so much for Ubuntu & African union.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-11 10:49

      The help Europe and the USA gave the ANC can never be repaid. Yet today these countries are spat on by the likes of Malema etc. They have short memories that's for sure.

  • Zwelakhe - 2012-03-10 09:43

    They've got the nerve, morally bankrupt b#stards

  • Patsy - 2012-03-10 09:50

    $368m???? What about charity beginning at home??

  • stalin.rudolf - 2012-03-10 10:12

    what does democracy mean to the ANC, they now need to expand their looting network to Swaziland. i am actually thinking of investing in Swaziland and closing my business from this Dictatorship of SA. Democracy with more than 300 political parties in one country looks like Idiocracy to me. How can there be accountability with so many different parties. I bet the majority of these parties are funded by the ANC to weaken any organised opposition. People of Swaziland do not know what they need if they want to share a bed with the ANC look at SA for facts

      Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-10 11:42

      Oh no! Don't leave, South Africa needs you to survive, our economy will be like one of those european economies if you leave. WTF! Go f#ck yourself.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-11 10:51

      Stalin, goodbye then.

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2012-03-10 10:53

    Just bcoz Swaziland help us fight the oppressors it does not mean we should turn a blind eye when the majority of the Swazi ppl continue live in abject poverty one side With the King and his wives living like Hollywood stars on their expense

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-10 13:04

    Totally agree with Gerhard.Nel - Swaziland exists b/c we allow them to. They must learn to take advice and say thank you. If I was Mr Pres. I'd send the AWB to fix things there. In no time Swaziland would be monarch-free, stable gov (bt racist), people will work the land like never before and it will be Africa's largest agricultural exporter. See- that's winning.

  • Sipho - 2012-03-11 00:18

    as bad as that may sound coming from him,he is 100% CORRECT! the idiot zulu's and ignorant xhosa's are betraying EVERY COUNTRY that helped them during their fight against apartheid! the idiot zuma did the same with libya and cote d'viore! after voting to have libya bombed back into the stone age the idit zulu zuma and the rest of the dummies from the ANC said "we didnt vote for that" and who are the dummies and IDIOTS from the ANC to preach democracy when all of their former allies (DURING APARTHEID)were COMMUNIST COUNTRIES!? the leaders of the ANC cant even spell democracy! and south africa has no democracy itself! south africa is essentially a ONE PARTY STATE in a country that has a black populous that hasnt forgotten the crimes that the nationalist from apartheid committed against them. as SOON as the voting numbers of the now democracy loving ANC idiots decline to say that of......zimbabwean levels,the zulu's and the xhosa's will then turn to politcal violence just as every other country in africa has when their party is in jeopardy of losing power! they are ALREADY committing xenophobic violence on any members from another country who show up there just to do the jobs that the idiot zulu's and ignorant xhosa's are to lazy to do! just imagine what they will be capable of doing with the fear of losing the power that only a few old school old guard ANC cadres have benefitted from?

  • Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-11 08:36

    50 bucks says gov apologises again, anyone? Lol

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-11 10:44

    When are they starting to repay the loan?

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