Eswatini: The people rise up in 2021

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as chair of the SADC Organ for Politics, Defence and Security, met with King Mswati III about the unrest. Photo: Elmond Jiyane / GCIS
President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as chair of the SADC Organ for Politics, Defence and Security, met with King Mswati III about the unrest. Photo: Elmond Jiyane / GCIS

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For the first time in Eswatini’s history, its people – disenchanted with King Mswati III’s oppressive regime – took to the streets this year for a prolonged period to demand democracy.

They burnt down businesses and government property, causing damage estimated at about R3 billion, and shut down schools, despite the deployment of the army and police, who employed the utmost brutality in suppressing them.

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