The Food and Allied Workers ‘ Union vehemently comdemns the incident in which the repressive Swaziland regime exposed themselves yet again by detaining comrade Jay Naidoo, a former COSATU General Secretary and FAWU leader, along with Paul Verryn, Alec Muchadehama and the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland, Vincent Ncongwane and others during the Global Week of Action in Swaziland this week.
The leaders, who form part of a Global Inquiry who were about to hear how Swazi workers' lives are being affected by the oppressive Swazi government have been forced to leave the country after the local police harassed and followed personnel as well as panellists that were supposed to conduct the Global inquiry. What is the Swazi government hiding? Why won't they let workers speak of how they are being treated? The mere fact that they could so easily arrest and detain a legitimate leader of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland speaks volumes.
FAWU urges South Africa and international trade unions as well as the broader international community to strengthen campaigns against the oppressive Swazi regime so that the people of Swaziland can be free and trade union activities can take place freely and fairly.