Will Eswatini talks foster democracy?

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 #NotInMyName activist during a picket in solidarity with the people of Eswatini outside the Swaziland High Commission in Pretoria on Wednesday. Photo: Rosetta Msimango
#NotInMyName activist during a picket in solidarity with the people of Eswatini outside the Swaziland High Commission in Pretoria on Wednesday. Photo: Rosetta Msimango

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, issued a statement on October 23, appealing for calm because “King Mswati III has accepted the need for [a] national dialogue”.

Mere minutes before the statement, the Eswatini government announced in a press conference that the king had decided a national dialogue would be held “through sibaya” and only “after the incwala ceremony”, which is scheduled for late December and usually ends in January.

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