We will not stop speaking out about Swaziland: youth league

2011-03-25 09:00

The ANC Youth League will not stop speaking out about Swaziland as long as its government continues to violate the rights of its citizens, the league said today.

“If the government continues killing protesters then we will continue to speak out about Swaziland,” said spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network condemned comments by Swaziland foreign affairs minister, Lutfo Dlamini, in an article in the Swazi Observer today calling for the youth league to “stop poking its nose in Swaziland’s affairs”.

Spokesperson Lucky Lukhele said the “attack” on the youth league was “unfortunate”.

Shivambu said: “We are more inspired now to talk about Swaziland because of this man’s comments. As long as human rights are being violated there then we will continue speaking about them.”

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”.

Lukhele said there was a trend in Swaziland for police to kill and terrorise protesters every time there was a march.

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.

Lukhele said this particular march was peaceful but that buses of protesters had been turned away by police and prevented from joining in the march.

“The peacefulness of the march could have been due to the fact that the Swaziland King met with President Zuma before the march... and Zuma asked that police not abuse protesters,” he said.

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