Communist Party of Swaziland congratulates workers of Swaziland on militant actions against sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch
The year 2018 has already witnessed a number of militant protest actions by the workers of Swaziland against sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, raising a number of demands but all related to the undemocratic nature of the tinkhundla system. The latest protest actions have been led by the Swaziland National Association of Teachers and the Swaziland Democratic Nurses’ Union.
On Friday 24 August 2018 Mswati’s police fired live bullets at school teachers who had been protesting peacefully in the city of Manzini in Swaziland, calling for a cost of living adjustment. One worker was shot on the arm.
|William Dlamini, a teacher, was shot by the royal police of Swaziland with a live bullet as the police crushed a peaceful march led by the Swaziland National Association of teachers|
More workers would have been shot had it not been for the heroic efforts of one of the teachers, Maxwell Musa Myeni, who wrestled one of the gun wielding policemen and halted the police’s murderous efforts.
|Maxwell Musa Myeni, a teacher, heroically restrains a gun wielding policeman who was intent on mowing down peacefully protesting teachers of Swaziland on Friday 24 August 2018|
Myeni was then abducted by the notorious Lukhozi arm of the police force on Sunday 26 August 2018. It took the militant actions of workers and other human rights activists who crammed the Manzini Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 28 August 2018 for Mswati’s regime to release Myeni on bail. They dared the regime to release Myeni or else be prepared to arrest all of them (see video below).
The teachers' peaceful action on Friday followed a night vigil on Thursday and a meeting on Friday morning. It is important to acknowledge the resolute actions of the teachers as Mswati had banned all activities in Swaziland falling on 24 and 25 August in a bid to force the people to partake in his sham elections that will elect a puppet parliament.
|Swaziland teachers taking part in a night vigil on Thursday 23 August 2018|
Yesterday, Wednesday 29 August 2018, workers led by the Swaziland Democratic Nurses’ Union took to the streets to demand quality health care for the people of Swaziland and a cost of living adjustment. People are dying like flies in Swaziland because public clinics and hospitals have run out of vital drugs and equipment, including HIV testing kits, with the government pleading poverty. This is a direct result of the undemocratic nature of the tinkhundla system.
|On 29 August 2018 nurses led by the Swaziland Democratic Nurses' Union filled the streets of Mbabane, demanding cost of living adjustment and quality health care for the people|
These latest protest actions follow on the heels of other actions led by TUCOSWA in April and June 2018. On 29 June 2018 police assaulted workers who were protesting peacefully on the streets of Mbabane, and further denied wounded workers the right to access much needed medical care.
As the Mswati regime uses the weak state of the economy as an excuse for all its wrongs, it is important to remember that earlier this year it splashed over E1 billion (then about US$75 million) to celebrate Mswati’s 50th birthday. Mswati bought a second private jet for himself worth about E500 million (then about US$40.3 million), a wrist watch worth E21 million (then about US$1.6 million), and spent more hundreds of millions stolen from the nation on gifts for his extremely large family and friends.
Mswati’s propaganda newspaper, the Swazi Observer, recently commented that Mswati’s government will spend “not less than E15 million” (US$1.1 million) to construct a lavish retirement home for the prime minister.
The Communist Party of Swaziland is firmly on the side of the workers of Swaziland and supports their militant struggles against the brutal Mswati regime. We also support the resolution for a seven days strike action by nurses to start next week Wednesday, 5 September 2018, as well as the two weeks protest action called by TUCOSWA, scheduled for September just before the secondary elections. We will continue to play our vanguard role in these worker struggles.
It is encouraging that a great majority of Swazis have realised the undemocratic character of the ongoing tinkhundla elections; that the resultant tinkhundla parliament will be nothing but a puppet parliament for sub-Saharan African’s last absolute monarch Mswati to implement his unilateral decisions, to continue looting public resources and impoverish the nation even further.
The Mswati regime must be overthrown by the people. The Communist Party of Swaziland invites the workers of Swaziland and all human rights activists to our country-wide Freedom Discussion Forums to commence soon. These forums will deliberate on the practical ways to overthrow the hated royal regime.
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