Blog entries from: Swazi Media Commentary

This Blog contains information and commentary about human rights in Swaziland.

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September 1 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Sep 1 2014, 05:10:00

Swaziland's King Mswati III has finally married the 19-year-old former beauty pageant contestant dubbed by foreign media as 'Naughty Sindi'

The King, aged 46, chose the teenager as his wife from among thousands of young virgin girls who danced semi-naked in front of him at the kingdom's annual Umhlanga or Reed Dance in 2013.

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August 28 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Thu Aug 28 2014, 05:23:00

At least 40,000 fewer young Swazi women are taking part in this year's annual Umhlanga or Reed Dance ceremony than in 2013 if newspaper reports in Swaziland are correct.

Newspapers reported on Thursday (28 August 2014) that 80,000 young women, known as 'Imbali', had registered to take part in a series of ceremonies that end on Monday when they dance bare-breasted in front of King Mswati III.

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August 27 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Aug 27 2014, 08:11:00

Police in Swaziland stopped an open-air prayer meeting because leaders of workers' unions were present.

They said the gathering was illegal.

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August 26 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Tue Aug 26 2014, 10:04:00

Girls who do not turn up for King Mswati III at the forthcoming annual Umhlanga Reed Dance in Swaziland will be publicly whipped.

They have been told that if they travel to the event in which tens of thousands of bare-breasted girls dance in front of the King, but do not attended the ceremony, they will be beaten on the buttocks when they return to their homesteads in Mbilaneni.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Tue Aug 26 2014, 07:58:00

Charged with terrorism for shouting 'viva PUDEMO'

SOURCEKenworthy News Media, 25 August 2014.

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August 25 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Aug 25 2014, 09:34:00

Swaziland's People's United Democratic Movement's (PUDEMO) has reported that its President Mario Masuku has fallen 'critically ill' in prison where he is on remand awaiting trial on a sedition charge.

PUDEMO is banned in Swaziland as a 'terrorist organisation' and is widely regarded as the main opposition political party in Swaziland, where King Mswati III rules as sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch. All political parties are barred from taking part in elections and most are banned outright in the kingdom.

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August 22 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Fri Aug 22 2014, 08:30:00

The Airline part owned by the Swazi Government is to be forced to move its operations to the King Mswati III Airport, which opened in March 2014 but has not seen a single commercial aircraft land since.

Swaziland Airlink General Manager Teddy Mavuso put on a brave face at a press conference on Wednesday (20 August 2014) when he announced that the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA) had told the airline company that its present base Matsapha airport would close and all commercial operations must use the new airport, formerly known as Sikhuphe, from 30 September 2014.

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August 20 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Aug 20 2014, 07:46:00

The Swaziland magazine editor Bheki Makhubu, jailed for two years for writing articles critical of Swazi judges, is to appeal against his sentence.

In the appeal papers lawyers for Makhubu say the High Court Judge Mpendulo Simelane erred on several matters when convicting the editor of the Nation magazine.

[view whole blog post ] news stories in this entry:
Swaziland:   Respected Swazi Journalist Bheki Makhubu Files Appeal Against 2 Year Jail Term for Criminal Contempt of Court Conviction (press release)
18 August 2014

In the appeal papers, according to local media, lawyers for Makhubu say judge Mpendulo Simelane erred on several matters when convicting the editor of The Nation magazine. [read more]

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Aug 20 2014, 01:30:00

The Swaziland Government will not let up on its control of state radio, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Dumisani Ndlangamandla said.

He said state media, which includes television and radio, existed primarily to serve the interests of the state.

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August 15 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Fri Aug 15 2014, 08:49:00

King Mswati III is misleading his subjects and the world at large when he sayshe does not know why the United States is withdrawing a preferential trading status from his kingdom.

The United States decided that Swaziland could no longer receive trading benefits under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). The decision was made in June 2014 after Swaziland failed to meet the United States' requirements on human rights issues.

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Africa:   Obama Removes Swaziland, Reinstates Madagascar for AGOA Benefits (press release)
Office of The United States Trade Representative
27 June 2014

President Obama reinstated Madagascar's eligibility for African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits, effective immediately, and withdrew Swaziland's AGOA eligibility, effective January 1, 2015. [read more]

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