Swaziland – 22 April 2016

Zuma in Swaziland for Customs Union talks

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday arrived in Swaziland for talks with King Mswati III on matters relating to Southern African Customs Union (SACU).

In a statement, the Presidency said Zuma had already had discussions with the Heads of States and Government of Botswana and Namibia on the matter.

“The consultations are a follow up to the discussions held by the SACU Heads of State and Government during the inauguration of the new SACU Headquarters building in Windhoek, Namibia, on 12 November 2015. It is expected the discussions will also focus on progress in the implementation of the SACU work programme as adopted by the 2011 SACU Summit.”



Swaziland is hub for human trafficking – US Report

Swaziland is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour, a US government report has alleged.

The US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2015 says, “Swazi girls, particularly orphans, are subjected to sex trafficking and domestic servitude, primarily in Swaziland and South Africa.

Traffickers reportedly force Mozambican women into prostitution in Swaziland, or transit Swaziland en route to South Africa. Mozambican boys migrate to Swaziland for work by washing cars, herding livestock, and pottering; some of these boys subsequently become victims of forced labour.”

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