Swaziland – 5 June 2014

South Africa: Swaziland Is in State of Limbo
Swaziland continues to remain in a state of judicial limbo due to the manner in which the Swazi judiciary is managed and apportioned. The chief justice hasn’t even tried to seem to be trying to address the issue of a judiciary in deep trouble as shame upon shame keeps permeating through the ever widening cracks of disgrace at the high court. allAfrica

Lawyer Thulani brings, reads speech in court
Lawyer Thulani Maseko reading his speech before Judge Mpendulo Simelane adjourned court yesterday.

Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi made a surprise stop at the Mbabane Magistrate’s court yesterday; the premises where The Nation Magazine Editor Bheki Makhubu and Human Rights attorney Thulani Maseko are being tried for contempt of court. Swaziland Observer

Before I embark on today’s topic, let me begin by commending government for having found it appropriate, at long last, to unpack and define the First World status mantra.
I know we still have a long way to go to come up with a candid and plausible definition of First World status, as such classification touches on socio-political issues, the economy, democracy, accountability, rule of law, poverty levels, level of industrialisation and per capita incomes of citizens. Times of Swaziland

Swaziland has $800m left in its official reserves
What is left in the country’s official reserves will cover only four months of vital imports, says the central bank’s monetary policy committee.
The absolute monarchy, ruled by King Mswati III (pictured), faces loosing duty free access to the US market over concerns about human rights. (Reuters)
The kingdom of Swaziland has around $800-million left in its gross official financial reserves, according to the central bank’s latest estimate, as an economic slowdown in neighbouring South Africa hits home. Mail and Guardian