Attack by Swazi minister on youth league ‘unfortunate’

2011-03-25 08:41

The attack on the ANC Youth League by Swaziland’s foreign minister is unfortunate, the Swaziland Solidarity Network said today.

“Fresh from forced leave, the most corrupt minister in Swaziland has told the youth league to stop poking its nose in Swaziland’s affairs,” said spokesperson Lucky Lukhele.

He was referring to a report in the Swazi Observer newspaper today which quoted Swaziland foreign affairs minister, Lutfo Dlamini.

“In his wide ranging diatribe, Lutfo also warned all diplomats serving in the country’s foreign missions to either stand up and speak out against the growing tide of criticism or pack their belongings and head back home.

“This statement was obviously referring to the Swazi high commissioner’s low profile in recent weeks as the Swazi government has been under severe criticism from South Africans in the media.”

Last week the youth league cautioned the Swaziland monarchy and its security forces that if they unleashed violence against their own people which led to the loss of life, “we will intervene with even more radical and militant ways of ensuring that there is democracy, peace and freedom in Swaziland”.

The statement follows “the trend in killing and terrorising of protesters every time there is a march in Swaziland,” Lukhele said.

Thousands of public workers marched through Swaziland’s capital on March 18 after reports the government was planning to cut salaries and jobs to comply with demands by the International Monetary Fund to get its finances in order.

The network supported the youth league saying: “Those of us who have been supporting the struggle for democracy in Swaziland for so long know the power of international pressure”.

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