‘Stand Up to Swazi King’, Unions Urged
Trade unions across the southern African region have been urged to stand up to Swaziland’s autocratic King Mswati III in an attempt to bring democracy to the kingdom.
Southern African Development Community (SADC) unions have been told they should put the King ‘on the spot’.
King Mswati rules Swaziland as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch; political parties are barred from taking part in elections; opposition groups are banned and dissidents arrested under the Suppression of terrorism Act. The King chooses the government.
Swaziland to Host Next Summit
Following Botswana’s successful hosting of over a thousand delegates and 15 heads of state for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) 35th summit, Swaziland will host the same event next year.
As is SADC tradition, hosting the ordinary summit is done on a rotational basis where the new chairperson assumes the reigns.
SADC deputy chairperson, King Mswati III said they look forward to welcome their neighbours next year.