Blog entries from: Swazi Media Commentary

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

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September 10 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Sep 10 2014, 08:04:00

A legal challenge is to be made in Swaziland to declare the kingdom's Suppression of Terrorism Act (STA) unconstitutional.

People who have protested for democratic change in Swaziland have been arrested and charged under the act for 'sedition'. No political Party is allowed to contest elections in Swaziland and all organisations that call for democratic change have been branded 'terrorists' under the STA.

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September 8 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Sep 8 2014, 06:09:00

Kenworthy News Media, 5 September 2014


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From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Sep 8 2014, 05:00:00

Hospitals in Swaziland refused to treat poverty-stricken workers affected by poisonous fumes at a textile factory because they could not afford to pay.

Meanwhile, the Swaziland Government said the number of workers exposed to the fumes was 1,600 - more than treble the number previously reported by the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA). 

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September 6 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Sat Sep 6 2014, 11:49:00

About 500 workers at a textile factory in Swaziland needed medical treatment after inhaling poisonous chemicals, according to the kingdom's trade union federation.

The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) said the incident happened at the Taiwanese-owned Tex-Ray factory in Manzini, the kingdom's main commercial city on Friday (5 September 2014).

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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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