Swazi police beating a protestor Yesterday we reported on the campaign to free Swazi trade union activist Wonder Mkhonza. His arrest is only a small part of the intimidation, arrest and torture of progressive activists by the Swazi regime. Comrades in …

Walton Pantland
Swazi police beating a protestor

Swazi police beating a protestor

Yesterday we reported on the campaign to free Swazi trade union activist Wonder Mkhonza. His arrest is only a small part of the intimidation, arrest and torture of progressive activists by the Swazi regime.

Comrades in Swaziland report that:

  • On the 22nd  of April Mfanawenkhosi Boer Mtshali and Derrick Nkambule were supposed to make their first court appearance in the Mbabane magistrate court. Lawyers and comrades were waiting for them there until sunset, only to learn later that the two were secretly remanded back to custody until the 29th of April 2013. They have been charged with sedition, and they remain without bail pending an application at the High Court of Swaziland. The secrete appearance before the magistrate’s court, and the denial to see them at Sidvwashini prison would only mean one thing – the comrades might have visible injuries after they were tortured over the weekend.
  • Yesterday the Swazi police raided the residences of two Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO) leaders and arrested them. These are the SWAYOCO secretary general Maxwell Dlamini and the national organising secretary. Currently they are in the hands of police who are capable of anything with regards to their lives.
  • This week we also look forward to the bail application of the union leader Wonder Mkhonza  who was charged with sedition by the Swazi regime .

There are many more comrades who have noticed strange surveillance cars around their homes. The uncertainty is growing each minute on every Swazi activist with this attempt to silence the resistance.

The Mswati regime should be condemned. All political prisoners must be release, and people should be allowed to organise freely.

For more info see the Swaziland Democracy Campaign.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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