Wither Absolute Monarchism?
[Pambazuka]In Africa's last monarchy - the kingdom of Swaziland, the major question is: for how long multi-party politics should be construed as incompatible with Swazi tradition, when that tradition is static?
Anger As South Africa Colludes With Cops
[Swazi Media]The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) has condemned the action by officials at the South African High Commission in Mbabane, Swaziland, for handing the names of eight CPS activists visiting the offices earlier this week to the Swazi security police.
Careless Food Storage Sidelines Hungry
[IRIN]Mbabane -Mounds of food aid intended for Swaziland's food insecure were recently found rotting in the government's main storage warehouses at the Matsapha Industrial Estate, about 25km east of the capital, Mbabane.
Govt Wrong On Election Freedom
[Swazi Media]Percy Simelane, the Swaziland Government's official spokesperson, misled people when he told media, 'Everyone is free to speak about the elections and [they can do it] anywhere.'
Govt Trying to Crush Unions - Amnesty
[Swazi Media]"The rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly [in Swaziland] continued to be violated, with arbitrary arrests and excessive force used to crush political protests," Amnesty International write in their 2013 Annual Report that was published today [23. May]. "Torture and other ill-treatment remained a persistent concern," writes Kenworthy News Media.
Hungry Will Sell Their Vote for Food
[Swazi Media]Swaziland's Minister of Labour and Social Security Lutfo Dlamini gave away 450 food hampers to elderly people in his constituency.
Where Have 200,000 Voters Come From?
[Swazi Media]Swaziland's Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) says there are 600,000 people in the kingdom eligible to vote in this year's national election.
The Deputy P.M. Is the Coward
[Swazi Media]Without the hint of a blush on his cheek, Swaziland's unelected Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku has branded democrats who are calling for a boycott of this year's national election, 'cowards'.
PM Bars Democrats From Swazi Senate
[Swazi Media]Members of political parties advocating for democracy in Swaziland will not be allowed to become members of the Swazi Senate, the kingdom's Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini has decreed.
ANC Angry At Brutal Security Force
[Swazi Media]The African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa is the latest organisation to condemn Swaziland's use of security forces to brutally quash democracy protests.
Democracy Talks - but Not in Swaziland
[Swazi Media]This is a tale of democracy and two neighbouring nations: the kingdom of Swaziland and the Republic of South Africa.
Misa Tells 'Times' Editor to Resign
[Swazi Media]The Media Institute for Southern Africa has called on the managing editor of Swaziland's only independent newspaper group to resign because he is too close to King Mswati III.
Democrats Want South Africa High Commissioner Recalled
[Swazi Media]Five of Swaziland's biggest prodemocracy groups have demanded the South African Government recall its High Commissioner from the kingdom after he appeared to publicly support King Mswati III's autocratic regime and undermine their own campaign for multiparty democracy.
Police Spies Infiltrate Swaziland Media
[MISA]Police spies have infiltrated journalism newsrooms in Swaziland, the kingdom's premier media watchdog has reported.
Misa Tells Swaziland Independent Newspaper Editor to Resign
[MISA]The Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) has called on the managing editor of Swaziland's only independent newspaper group to resign because he is too close to King Mswati III.
Swazi Voter Registration in Shambles
[allAfrica]Cape Town -Voter registration is under way in Swaziland amid calls from opposition parties to boycott an electoral process that some have described as a mere formality.
'Not Afraid of Jail' - Swazi Activist
[Swazi Media]Asked whether his imprisonment would dampen his political activism, Wonder Mkhonza replied "of course not! The threat of jail can no longer dent our spirit as we push for democracy in Swaziland."
ANC Calls On the Swazi Government to Unban Political Parties and Initiate Dialogue
[ANC]The African National Congress (ANC) is deeply concerned about the current political environment in neighbouring Swaziland where a group of unarmed civilians involved in a peaceful demonstration has been violently broken up by security forces.
Arrested Activist Mkhonza Gets Bail
[Swazi Media]According to a statement today from PUDEMO national spokesperson, Zakhele Mabuza, Wonder Mkhonza has been granted a bail of 15 000 emalangeni, approximately 1650 US$, writes Kenworthy News Media.
Circumcision Plans Go Awry
[IRIN]Mbabane -It was an ambitious plan to circumcise the majority of men in Swaziland, an effort to reduce the risk of HIV transmission in a country with the world's highest HIV prevalence. How could it have gone wrong?