Swaziland – 29 July 2015

King Mswati’s tyranny in Swaziland shows some cracks
Swaziland has recently experienced two events with potential significance for the country’s democratisation.
The first was the issuing of a warrant of arrest for Chief Justice Michael Romodibedi in April.
The second is the release on bail of human rights activists Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu, banned political party People’s United Democratic Movement (Pudemo) leader Mario Masuku and youth leader Maxwell Dlamini.

Ex-Swazi Chief Justice Report Leaked
Swaziland’s sacked Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi was ‘generally corrupt’ and acted in a ‘highly disreputable way’, an official report leaked to a South African newspaper has revealed.
Ramodibedi was sacked by King Mswati III, who rules Swaziland as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, after three charges of abuse of office were found against him.
Ramodibedi had barricaded himself in his home in the Swazi capital Mbabane for 38 days after an arrest warrant was issued.