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EFF branch in eSwatini takes credit for ‘leading Swazi revolution’

As the people of eSwatini take to the streets in their fight for democracy, the Swazi branch of the EFF says it is responsible for a ‘major turning point’.

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Photo: EFF eSwatini / Twitter

A set of violent protests across eSwatini has, reportedly, forced King Mswati into hiding. The ruling monarch, in power since 1986, is allegedly riding it out in Johannesburg after a nationwide revolt was unleased. A coordinated effort from a gatvol Swazi public is ushering in the winds of revolution across the border – and the EFF is taking credit for it.

eSwatini latest news and updates: EFF hail ‘turning point’

The Red Berets, who initially set up their political party in South Africa eight years ago, also have chapters all across Africa. Liberia and Zimbabwe have some of the more prominent international operations, and in Namibia, the domestic EFF hold seats in the National Parliament. However, their influence is being keenly felt in eSwatini too…

EFFSWA is now calling on their people to ‘maintain this energy’ as we head into Tuesday. The branch says they are responsible for galvanising the youth into action, and asked for protesters to ‘prepare for combat’ if needs be.

“It took the arrival of the EFF Swaziland for the struggle of 40 years to reach a turning point, where we are now yielding the results people have been waiting for. We call upon everyone in eSwatini to not give up, victory is coming and fighters must be combat-ready. Freedom is coming, and we request solidarity from the international community.”

Why are the Swazi people protesting?

In the past few days, police fired tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, and water cannons at the protesters. Since the weekend, the army has been called in to quell the rising tide of public anger. The demonstrators, who are demanding multi-party democracy and an elected prime minister, have pelted police with stones in response.

Political parties have been banned in the tiny southern African country since 1973. King Mswati III names government ministers and controls the parliament, while a constitution introduced in 2005 forbids parties from running in national elections. Protests are usually rare in Eswatini, which was renamed from Swaziland by Mswati in 2018.

But last week, around 500 youths protested in the Manzini district, around 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the capital, demanding democracy.  The government had on Thursday banned protests, with National Police Commissioner William Dlamini warning that officers would be “zero-tolerant” of breaches of the ban. However, the measure has been ignored.