21 January 2019

Statement of the Public Sector Associations of Swaziland [PSAS] on the strike action to begin on 28 January 2019


1.    Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT);


2.    Swaziland National Association of Government Accounting Personnel (SNAGAP)

3.    Swaziland Nurses Association (SNA);

4.    National Public Services and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU)
On the Cost of Living Adjustment (CoLA) for the years 2017/2018 and 2018/ 2019
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1. Preamble

We, the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), the Swaziland National Association of Government Accounting Personnel (SNAGAP), the Swaziland Nurses Association (SNA) and the National Public Services and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU) as worker organisations for over 25 000 workers under the employ of the Government of Swaziland have been engaging with our employer on the Cost of Living Adjustment [CoLA] for the last two (2) financial years 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 in vain, doing so whilst united in consciousness in pursuit of workers’ rights. To this end therefore, we;
I.              Acknowledge the indisputable fact that our members are now living far below the normal breadline since the Government has dismally failed to adjust our salaries for two consecutive financial years, resulting to a 14.4 % salary deduction.

II.            Mindful of the lavish government spending on non-priority and capital projects such as the construction of the International Convention Centre [ICC], funding of festivities such as the Umhlanga Reed Dance, 50/50 celebrations for the King’s Birthday and Independence Day Celebrations and catering for huge delegations to international trips.

III.           Inspired by past practice and logic that even though cash liquidity problems can be sung nicely by those responsible for the public purse, workers’ salaries such as the Cost of Living Adjustment have always been a priority, rightfully so, in order to stimulate economic growth by pumping money to workers for same to be circulated in the economy.

IV.          Convinced that, in this country of our forefathers, money is in abundance since there has never been a suspension or cutting on spending for cultural events, delegations and spending on vanity capital projects as highlighted above.

From the afore-going, we therefore;
Declare that should the Government of Swaziland fail to table a proposed and improved salary adjustment by the 27th of January 2019, all the Government systems shall be brought to a complete halt on the 28th of January 2019 as workers would be having zero motivation to go to work.

2. Attendant problems of the government’s fiscal ill-discipline

As a result of the fiscal ill-discipline on the part of Government, the following societal problems have reared their ugly heads.
● Shortage of drugs and other materials in public clinics, health centres and hospitals
● Stagnant Orphaned and Vulnerable Children [OVC] fees that are paid to schools, thereby rendering schools ungovernable
● Non repairing of public roads, in the midst of the heavy rains that have swept across the country in recent times
● Ever swelling public debt as Government fails to pay her suppliers
● Non delivery of basic services to the populace such as safe drinking water and expansion of the rural electrification project
● Cessation of the construction and upgrading of essential public roads such as the Sicunusa-Nhlangano road
● Underdevelopment of rural agriculture through the Rural
● Development Areas Programme – the mainstay of our economy
● Lack of funding for the Small and Medium Enterprises [SMEs]
● Non improvement of the 63% poverty level in the country
● Shrinking scholarships for our children who have enrolled in tertiary education
● Proposal of high taxes to fund the country’s deficit
● Non remittance of monies to the Public Service Pensions Fund – A retirement fund for Public Servants.
Whilst these problems are deepening in our society, the Government has continued to;
● Increase the budget for the state security organs which are the army, police and correctional services
● Unrelentingly increased recruitment in the aforementioned departments
● Drastically decrease recruitment in other significant departments such as Education, Health and Public Service
● Maintain the high numbers of the delegations that go abroad
● Maintain the high taxes on salaries and tariffs on utilities
● Increase funding of state events as it was witnessed during the 50/50 celebrations, Umhlanga and Incwala.
● Spend over E40 million in fuelling cars, paying for allowances and providing daily meals for the members of the Royal Police Service [RSP] who were dispatched to various schools around the country from October 2018 to run external examinations.

3. Conclusion 

As the Public Sector Unions in the country, we will be engaging on a national strike from 28 January 2019 and as such we call upon every concerned Swazi, from all walks of life, who associates with the problems that were highlighted above to partake in this National activity.

All Government systems shall be down during these days. These include Government offices, Ministries, departments, schools, clinics, healthcentres and hospitals, transport department and many others. Let us ALL stand up and be counted in this imperative exercise of making the Government of Swaziland to be accountable to the people. Now is the Time!!!!

Let us be united in consciousness as a people. Both the country and the future belongs to all of us, both great and small. Let us shape our destiny..!!

Unity of purpose, a force unparalleled!!!

Issued By: Public Sector Associations of Swaziland [PSAS] Secretariat 
Sikelela Dlamini       –          SNAT Secretary General 
Mobile                        –          +268 7626 6808/+268 7639 6803/+268 7926 6803
Emal-                          snatgs02@gmail.com

Celumusa Tembe –             NAPSAWU General Secretary
Mobile                                    –          +268 7604 7425                                          
Email                          –          gs@napsawu.org.sz

Dumile Dlamini        –          SNAGAP Secretary General
Mobile                                    –          +268 7802 6302
Emai                           –          dumilemthupha@gmail.com

Sibusiso Lushaba   –          SNA Secretary General
Mobile                                    –          +268 7802 6303
Email                          –          Mahlelihle@gmail.com

02 January 2019

Summary of the 2018 Communist Party of Swaziland Summer School held 21 to 29 December 2018


The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) held its Annual Summer School from 21 to 29 December 2018 in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. The school was held under the theme “Maximum Defiance in the Maximum Number of Sites”. It was attended by delegates from Swaziland and South Africa. Delegates were particularly drawn from all the four commissions in which the CPS is organising: Workers; Peasants; Women; Youth and Students.

The school also received support and input from fraternal organisations, which included the South African Communist Party (SACP), the National Health, Education and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU), the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA), South African National Civic Organisations (SANCO) and the New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ).

The need for revolutionaries to study philosophy

The school emphasised the need for revolutionaries to study philosophy.  A study of philosophy helped greatly on the analysis of the Swazi terrain, including its society, and the whole world. Through the dedicated study of philosophy, delegates were able to comprehend that the history of Swaziland, just like the history of other societies, is a history of class struggles, bar the primitive stage of human society. Those who still fail to realise the reality of a class struggle that has been ongoing in Swaziland and instead see Swaziland as the last “true” African cultural village have, along with this failure, failed to notice the oppression of the people by the tinkhundla regime.

The method of Marx and Engels, the materialist conception of history, remains the most advanced approach through which revolutionaries study the world. It is not merely the understanding of Swazi society that is important. Rather, the point is to change that society, as Karl Marx remarked some 174 years ago. As such, the task of Communist Party cadres is not merely to get an understanding of the type of oppression that the people are undergoing in Swaziland. They have been called by history to stop this oppression by mobilising the masses for maximum defiance against the absolute monarch, for its overthrow and the preparations for the construction of a democratic republic towards socialism.

The economic system of Swaziland

In Swaziland the dominant mode of production and exchange is capitalism. There are feudalist elements, however, which remain strong. A majority of the people of Swaziland have to present themselves to be exploited in capitalist industries and in return receive meagre wages enough for them to return to work for further exploitation. The capitalists also rely on the absolute monarch to force the people back to work when they go on strike and thus help keep wages very low.

The monarch doubles as feudal lord and capitalist. Mswati holds capitalist interests in many companies while at the same time controls the land and the people as a feudal lord. This absolute monarch, the last in sub-Saharan Africa, has already ruined the businesses of many of his capitalist partners by applying feudal principles in their businesses: the demand for free shares; demand for donations to the monarch as a sign of endorsement and respect; demand for loans to the monarch which are never paid, etc.

The monarch controls vast tracts of the land as a feudal lord, and in administering the land has deployed chiefs in the communities. Both the feudal lord and the chiefs have the power to evict the people or grab some parts of their land as and when they wish. They also force the people to provide tribute labour to the monarch and the chiefs. The people of Swaziland do not own the land. About 77 percent of the people of Swaziland reside in the rural areas as peasants, although a large number of them also have to present themselves to capitalists for the exploitation of their labour power. Hence the worker-peasant alliance in the fight against the tinkhundla regime is one of the key requisites for the success of the revolution in the special conditions of Swaziland.

Mass mobilisation towards insurrection

The task of ensuring maximum defiance in the maximum number of sites involves the mobilisation of the motive forces of our struggle in the conditions of Swaziland; the workers and peasants. The duty to mobilise women, youth and students is an inevitable one in this regard.

It is within the working class and rural folk that we find the close to 70 percent who, due to the tinkhundla system, have been forced to survive on less than US$2 a day. These are the people who will benefit the most with the advent of freedom.

CPS cadres have the duty to do practical work in the conscientisation of the oppressed masses in their various categories. This is not conscientisation for its sake, but to build and strengthen a revolutionary mass capable of rising up and overthrowing the ruling tinkhundla regime. Our cadres return to their various communities ready to implement lessons learned in order to ensure that the CPS is successful in the revolution’s strategic objectives.

Understanding strategy and tactics in the Swazi revolution

A detailed and clear strategy and tactics, guided by the most advanced revolutionary theory, helped delegates to comprehend that the revolution’s strategic objectives – the overthrow of the tinkhundla regime, the building of a democratic republic towards socialism – cannot be betrayed.

As material conditions change, tactical manoeuvres or tactical flexibility will be important as we fight against the enemy of the people. The school understands too well that these tactical manoeuvres are carried out without changing the strategy of the Party. Cadres of the CPS were able to realise the necessity of an intense study of materialist dialectics in order to understand this aspect.

Tribute to the workers of Swaziland: A call for deepened unity

The school paid special tribute to the workers of Swaziland for standing up for their rights, marching through the streets of the country, notwithstanding extreme violence from the regime’s security forces. Party cadres volunteered to take up the duty to strengthen the unity of workers organised under the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA). Undertaking this task involves organising the unorganised and getting more unions to affiliate into TUCOSWA.

Workers of Swaziland have vowed to shut down the tinkhundla regime in 2019 as they fight for their demands. The school thus engaged on a clear and detailed strike strategy, but looked beyond the planned workers’ strikes in 2019. This is expected to filter through in the 2016-2020 CPS Programme of Action.

Upholding internationalism as a critical characteristic of the CPS

The CPS is an internationalist organisation. The school saw the need to engage in practical activities in isolating Mswati, both locally and internationally. Through its campaigns, the CPS aims to starve the monarch, while at the same time isolating the monarch locally and internationally. There must be no comfortable space for the monarch.

The CPS will strengthen the cultural boycott campaign in order to profile the Swazi revolution. The Party understands, of course, that this campaign has been chiefly led by the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) since the year 2011. The CPS has thus been directed by the school to engage with the SSN and other relevant organisations and individuals for the intensification of the cultural boycott campaign. The Annual National Conference of the Party will thus take an opportunity to deliberate further on the implementation of this campaign.

While the school understood the need to mobilise solidarity for the Swazi revolution, delegates also stressed the need for the CPS to play a larger role in mobilising the masses of Swaziland to give solidarity to other oppressed people. The CPS is thus enjoined to convene a summit inside Swaziland on the question of Palestine during the Israeli Apartheid Week in 2019.

Reviving and strengthening Party campaigns

Since its launch on 9 April 2011, the CPS has sought to carry out practical work in raising the demands of the oppressed. This has essentially been through campaigns. The CPS has been running five campaigns: Break the Chains Campaign; Land for Food Campaign; Not Another Cent for Mswati; Signature Campaign; Red October Campaign. Through these campaigns, the CPS aims to expose the Mswati regime, mobilise the masses in the maximum number of sites, leading to a mass insurrection. To intensify the long standing campaign for the unbanning of political parties, the CPS will mobilise for and revive the April 12 movement. The goal is, as per our theme, to intensify and broaden mass defiance of the regime during the whole month of April every year. The role of workers as led by TUCOSWA, women, peasants, youth and students will be critical in this regard.

The School also saw the urgent need for the CPS to play a more practical role in the revival of the Swaziland Association of Students (SAS), which organises in primary and high schools. Strengthening the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), which organises in tertiary institutions, is an integral part in the revival of SAS. Delegates to the school also took an opportunity to congratulate the newly elected national leadership of SNUS, under the leadership of its president, Comrade Mlamuli Gumedze, for their election. The regime has intensified its attacks on the union and the student movement as a whole, because it wants to suppress the voice of the youth and students. The fight for free, quality and relevant education is at the heart of the strategy of the CPS.

The struggle continues!

Issued by the Communist Party of Swaziland

Contact:
Kenneth Kunene
General Secretary
+27 72 594 3971

Or

Njabulo Dlamini
International Organiser
Mobile: +2687 603 9844

Email: cpswa.org@gmail.com
Facebook: Communist Party Of Swaziland – CPS
Twitter: @CPSwaziland

23 November 2018

Communist Party of Swaziland is participating in the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties

The Communist Party of Swaziland today joined 90 political parties in the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties. The Meeting this year is held in Athens Greece. It will end with the celebration of the Centenary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) on Sunday 25 November 2018.

The International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties this year is guided by the theme “The contemporary working class and its alliance. The tasks of its political vanguard – the Communist and Worker’s Parties – in the struggle against exploitation and imperialist wars, for the rights of the workers and of the peoples, for peace, for socialism”.

Our Party is represented in the Meeting by our International Organiser, Comrade Njabulo Dlamini. He will present the message of our Party to the Meeting.

Comrade Njabulo Dlamini (green top), the International Organiser of the Communist Party of Swaziland, at the International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties, held in Athens, Greece. He is flanked by delegates from the Communist Party of China (right) and from the Workers Party of Korea (left) 

The Communist Party of Swaziland extends solidarity to the people of Venezuela who are engaged in a fight against USA-led sanctions. We also call for the end of the illegal economic embargo against Cuba. We will also make our contribution in support of the people of Western Sahara who are still colonised by Morocco. We support the people of Palestine in their gallant fight against the occupation of their territory by Zionist Israel. The Communist Party of Swaziland also supports all efforts for the reunification of Korea, a process which should be led by the Korean USA.

Finally, we will actively participate in all collective efforts for the freedom of all African peoples, including the fight for African sovereignty.

Issued by the Communist Party of Swaziland

See below more pictures from the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties
















19 November 2018

Alert on Swaziland - Comrade Maxwell Myeni’s case resumes at the Manzini Magistrate’s Court tomorrow


The trial of Comrade Maxwell ‘Zondiyinkundla’ Myeni resumes tomorrow, Tuesday 20 November 2018, at the Manzini Magistrate’s Court at 09h00. He was taken hostage by the notorious royal police at his home in Lavumisa on the night of Sunday 26 August 2018. He was later charged for wrestling with a gun-wielding policeman, Raphael Sikheshekheshe Maseko, on 24 August during a teachers’ peaceful protest action. Armed royal police officers had intended to mow down peacefully protesting teachers that day in Manzini.

Comrade Maxwell has been out on bail since 28 August 2018.

His arrest followed the splashing of over E1 billion (about US$70 million) by Mswati to celebrate his 50th birthday in April 2018 whilst almost 70 percent of the people of Swaziland languished in abject poverty.

The Communist Party of Swaziland calls upon all workers to cram the Manzini Magistrate’s Court and show support to him and defend the right of workers and the people of Swaziland to protest.

The arrest of Comrade Maxwell, a leader in the Swaziland National Association of Teachers, was a desperate attempt by the Mswati regime to crush the spirit of high resolve and militancy among the workers of Swaziland. The regime erroneously believed that workers would tone down their defiance campaign and acquiesce to the order “from the throne” that sought to ban all public gatherings in a bid to force the nation to partake in the sham tinkhundla elections. By that time Mswati had already unleashed terror on 24 August 2018 against peacefully protesting teachers as he gave a ‘shoot to kill order’ that resulted in the severe injury of Comrade William “Ma-Willies” Dlamini, a teacher at Salesian High School in Manzini, who was shot by a live bullet.

It has been revealed that the regime has been able to deploy some rats within the trade union movement to pressure Comrade Maxwell to offer an unconditional apology to the dictator Mswati and offer him cattle to show remorse for his heroic acts of preventing bloodshed. In all truth, this is not a case against Comrade Maxwell only. It is also, and in the main, a case against all workers of Swaziland. It is an attack on the people’s rights to freedom of association, assembly and movement. Therefore, the idea that he has to apologise for participating in the 24 august 2018 protest action that demanded a cost of living adjustment is not only aimed at subduing workers’ militancy, but also to isolate him.

But Comrade Maxwell remains unwavering. The same applies to many workers. It was through the undying spirit of defiance and resistance displayed by the thousands of workers of Swaziland that forced the regime to grant him bail. The regime is afraid of the workers’ potential. It will employ all tricks in its dictatorial book to dampen their spirit, even to the level of using agents it has planted within the trade union movement.

The Communist Party of Swaziland calls upon all workers of Swaziland to rally behind Comrade Maxwell at this trying moment. We also call for international solidarity with the struggles of workers in Swaziland. It is only through massive support that the leader will be absolved from the six trumped-up charges against him by the autocratic Mswati regime.

Issued by the Communist Party of Swaziland

Contact:

Kenneth Kunene
General Secretary
+27 72 594 3971

Or

Njabulo Dlamini
International Organiser
Mobile: +2687 603 9844

Email: cpswa.org@gmail.com
Facebook: Communist Party Of Swaziland – CPS
Twitter: @CPSwaziland

09 November 2018

Invitation of union leaders to a meeting without agenda by Mswati’s prime minister an attempt to fool and pacify workers


In a bid to pacify workers, Mswati’s new prime minister, Ambrose Dlamini, has invited leaders of public sector unions for “just a greeting” today, Friday 9 November 2018. Other than this greeting session, the meeting has no agenda. It follows the same fashion as the hated royal-kraal meetings which are convened by Mswati without any agenda or any serious intention to resolve the problems of the people. Everything about the prime minister’s intentions is shrouded in secrecy and speculation.

This has all the hallmarks of the regime’s evil attempts to weaken workers’ struggles by, first, separating workers from the leaders, and, secondly, attempting to coerce or buy the leaders into some secretive pact(s) which workers would not be aware of and on which they would not have been consulted. The regime’s objective is to make union leaders see some reasonableness that Mswati’s government is unable to accede to workers’ demands, and thus influence the leaders to convince workers into naively believing that the government cares about their plight. If this becomes successful, the workers will be frustrated and unconditionally return to work. In the end, none of the demands raised by workers would have been met. They would be postponed indefinitely.

Workers waged militant struggles against the Mswati regime this year, 2018, raising concrete demands, including a 6.55 percent cost of living adjustment, the end of the arbitrary colonial style evictions that have been happening in Swaziland, and many others. Substantially, Mswati feels threated by the resoluteness of the workers and is now playing a divide-and-rule game.

It is therefore of extreme importance that union leaders carefully consider this open invitation by Mswati’s puppet and be united on how to approach the matter. By this “just to greet” meeting, the regime is attempting to deceitfully impose its own agenda on workers. The leaders have no choice but to show a united force, but revolutionary unity. Since it appears that they will be attending the fake meeting, they have to remember the interests of the rank and file workforce and impose a workers’ agenda in that meeting. The meeting should be forced to transform, there and then, into a real workers’ meeting, no longer merely a peaceful tea and biscuits session, which serves the regime’s interests.

The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) will continue to support the struggles of workers in all their facets. Specifically, the CPS will continue its campaign of mobilising workers from the shop floor, engaging them on the Swaziland revolution. Our 2018-1019 Red October campaign is focused on maximum mobilisation in the maximum number of sites against the Mswati regime. Workers are naturally a part of this campaign of the Communist Party.

Issued by the Communist Party of Swaziland

Contact:
Kenneth Kunene
General Secretary
+27 72 594 3971

Or

Njabulo Dlamini
International Organiser
Mobile: +2687 603 9844

Email: cpswa.org@gmail.com
Facebook: Communist Party Of Swaziland – CPS
Twitter: @CPSwaziland

08 November 2018

Dictator Mswati shows who is in charge by detaining a journalist for sticking to good journalism principles


The first big thing that Swaziland’s absolute monarch decided to do shortly after his discredited tinkhundla elections was to detain a journalist. Yesterday, Wednesday 7 November 2018, the royal Swaziland police's Organised Crime Unit detained seasoned journalist Musa Ndlangamandla in Mbabane, accusing him of aligning himself with organisations that call for democracy. They harassed, intimidated and threatened him, and are already preparing documents for his prosecution.

This notorious police gang, also known as “Tingculungculu”, accused Ndlangamandla of having engaged in acts of collaboration with the democratic movement in 2011, when he was the Chief Editor of the Swazi Observer newspaper. That was before he slipped out of the country to preserve his life after word got out that Mswati wanted his head delivered in a bowl, simply for covering news related to Swaziland’s progressive forces. That year his office at the Swazi Observer premises was raided by this police unit.

When the Organised Crime Unit was introduced in 2009, after the enactment of the Suppression of Terrorism Act of 2008, the then police commissioner declared that the unit would deal with the “growing phenomenon of organised syndicated crime and terrorism.” It is now a fact accepted by all that the Mswati regime regards all efforts aimed at the democratisation of Swaziland as nothing but terrorist acts, thus automatically falling within these categories. Hence Ndlangamandla’s good journalism ethics are categorised by the Mswati autocracy as serious enough to attract the attention of a specialised police unit like the Tingculungculu, as terrorist acts.

This is not the first time the Mswati regime has clamped down on journalists. In 2014, the Mswati regime arrested and convicted The Nation magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu, together with human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, for being critical of the system. In February this year, members of Mswati’s Correctional Services (prison warders) attacked a journalist when he took photographs of them travelling on the backs of overcrowded vehicles. In September this year, police assaulted a journalist and demanded he delete photographs he took of them attacking and shooting at striking textile workers. In a report titled “Assessment of Media Development in Swaziland”, seven in ten journalists interviewed by UNESCO in Swaziland said they had faced attempts from politicians or advertisers to interfere with what they were writing.

The detaining of journalist Musa Ndlangamandla should therefore be openly condemned by all democracy loving people across the globe.

This should also be a wake-up call to those who were slumbering under the illusion that things would be different under Mswati’s newly appointed prime minister. Swaziland remains undemocratic. It is still ruled by a dictator, sub-Saharan Africa’s last remaining absolute monarch. The tinkhundla system is nothing but a dictatorship of the monarch. The 2018 tinkhundla elections were nothing but a sham, a wasteful game by Mswati, for his benefit. Those elections, as previous ones, resulted in a puppet parliament for the dictator to implement his anti-people decisions.

The journey towards freedom of the media in Swaziland must at one and the same time be linked with the journey towards democracy. There can never a free media in Swaziland as long as the tinkhundla system prevails. Mswati tightly controls the media and punishes journalists and media houses for publishing anything seen as critical of the royal family and his government.

The regime must be overthrown! For this to happen, the people must unite and isolate the absolute monarch!

Issued by the Communist Party of Swaziland

Contact:
Kenneth Kunene
General Secretary
+27 72 594 3971

Or

Njabulo Dlamini
International Organiser
Mobile: +2687 603 9844

Email: cpswa.org@gmail.com
Facebook: Communist Party Of Swaziland – CPS
Twitter: @CPSwaziland

26 September 2018

Swaziland teachers show resilient spirit despite decree by Mswati’s court that teachers’ strike action be postponed


Thousands of teachers affiliated to the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) held an Extra Ordinary Meeting at the SNAT Centre in Manzini on Wednesday 26 September 2018. This followed an illogical court judgment which decreed that the legal teachers’ strike action which was supposed to start on 25 September 2018 should be postponed to 23 November 2018.


Teachers of Swaziland have been engaged in resilient protests against the Mswati autocracy since 24 August 2018. This peaceful protest also followed a night vigil on 23 August 2018. The teachers demand a 6.5 percent cost of living adjustment, known as COLA. Despite the peaceful protests, teachers were met with massive brutality from the royal police who often shot at the workers with live bullets.

Teachers’ resolution
In their Extra Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday 26 September 2018, teachers resolved to engage in various organisational activities on a daily basis since Mswati’s government has denied them the legal strikes. The activities, among others include:
1.    Delivery of petitions in the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Service, Ministry of Health and other government ministries;

2.    Branch and regional activities, including Vuselas;

3.    Branch meetings (report backs) until the date which was set by Mswati’s judge for the strike (23 November 2018) is reached.

But before the date of 23 November 2018 is reached, teachers declared in no uncertain terms that they will not participate in all school examination processes (from setting of examination papers, monitoring of learners and marking of scripts). Teachers declared that anyone who shall participate in these processes, be they police or soldiers, shall meet the wrath of the angry teachers.

Teachers’ action continues today
On the morning of Thursday 27 September 2018, teachers will send a petition to the United States Embassy in Mbabane to demand that the United States deports Mswati back to Swaziland to address the issues, of which he is the main cause. Mswati is currently in the United States to participate in the United Nations General Assembly.

How the Mswati autocracy operates
Swaziland, which was renamed “Eswatini” by absolute monarch Mswati on his 50th birthday in April 2018, is ruled by the tinkhundla system which is nothing but a royal dictatorship. This system was introduced after the monarch abrogated the 1968 constitution and bestowed all executive, legislative and judicial powers upon the monarch, thereby creating an absolute monarch which would from then rule by decree.

The tinkhundla system has been the direct cause of the impoverishment of the people of Swaziland. The people are barred from criticising the monarch or the monarch’s government. Close to 70 percent of the people of Swaziland survive on less that US2$ a day. Despite this deepening poverty, Mswati splashed about E1 billion (about US$70 million) in April this year to throw a lavish birthday party for himself. The court judgment which arbitrarily postponed the teachers’ strike should therefore be seen in this light.

Following below are pictures and video clip from the SNAT Extra Ordinary Meeting.


One section of teachers as soon in the morning at the start of the meeting SNAT Extra Ordinary Meeting

The tent was too small to accommodate the multitudes of teachers who attended the meeting - SNAT Extra Ordinary Meeting

Another large section of the teachers outside who could not find space inside the large tent - SNAT Extra Ordinary Meeting

Another section of teachers during the meeting - SNAT Extra Ordinary Meeting

One other large section of teachers who had to find space outside as they could not find space in the large tent - SNAT Extra Ordinary Meeting

As soon as the meeting ended, teachers burst in revolutionary songs (see video below as well) - SNAT Extra Ordinary Meeting

Teachers then invaded the streets of the city of Manzini after their meeting, to give signs of things to come - SNAT Extra Ordinary Meeting




Statement of the Public Sector Associations of Swaziland [PSAS] on the strike action to begin on 28 January 2019

1.     Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT); 2.     Swaziland National Association of Government Accounting Personnel (S...