eSwatini: Organisation disappointed with SADC's lack of action

File: Civil servants rallied in eSwatini against the rule of King Mswati III, who they accuse of draining public coffers at the expense of his subjects.

File: Civil servants rallied in eSwatini against the rule of King Mswati III, who they accuse of draining public coffers at the expense of his subjects.

AFP/Mongi Zulu

JOHANNESBURG - Civil society groups in eSwatini have little faith that a SADC intervention will help the situation there.

The kingdom has been beset by violence.

Protestors say they will not back down until their demands for a multi-party democracy are met, despite a government crackdown.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network's Lucky Lukhele says they had hoped for more from SADC.

"In this case it looks like they were paying lip service," said Lukhele.

"How do you expect to get information when you go in for a few hours and then you leave, you only meet with one party?," he adds.

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Lukhele believes the delegates should have stayed in the landlocked country a bit longer, engaging with all sectors of society.

However, Lukhele says that they are optimistic.

"You don't lose hope in any situation," he says.

Lukhele goes on to say that the Swati people will continue protesting until King Mswati unbans political parties.

Source
eNCA

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