eMaswati diaspora’s Sibusiso Ntshalintshali said that the people of eSwatini needed urgent assistance in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the kingdom.
People take pictures of a damaged shop in Mbabane, Eswatini, on 29 June 2021. Demonstrations escalated radically in Eswatini this week as protesters took to the streets demanding immediate political reforms. Picture: AFP
JOHANNESBURG – A group of people from the eMaswati diaspora are staging a peaceful protest outside the Union Buildings.
They’re calling on the South African government to intervene in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the kingdom.
There are reports that several people have been killed and dozens injured following days of clashes with police.
Those in the tiny kingdom have also been experiencing a communication blackout after MTN switched off the internet following a directive from government.
eMaswati diaspora’s Sibusiso Ntshalintshali said that the people of eSwatini needed urgent assistance: “Another thing which pains us the most is that people are dying and people in Swaziland are living before the poverty line. Almost 60% of people are living below the poverty line and things are tough.”
A SADC delegation has concluded its visit to eSwatini.
They arrived in the embattled kingdom on Sunday and were welcomed by Prime Minister Themba Masuku.
It appears that the delegation has wrapped up their fact-finding mission seemingly without meeting the king, fuelling unconfirmed reports that the monarch has fled the kingdom.