MISA-Swaziland (Mbabane)

7 August 2014

Swaziland: Swazi Prime Minister Tells MPs 'To Strangle Union Leaders When They Return From the Us', Reports Local Media

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MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert

"Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini has called for the strangulation of workers union leaders who went to Washington under the pretext of going to save AGOA," reports the Times of Swaziland.

The competing daily Swazi Observer also reported on the matter however said the PM used the word 'discipline' and not 'strangulation'.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that a top US law firm will take the case of two jailed Swazi writers to the UN.

Editor of The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were sentenced to two years in jail after writing opinion pieces criticizing Swaziland's controversial chief justice.

The court found that the duo had disrespected the CJ and brought the kingdom's judicial system into disrepute. Their opinion articles were deemed "scurrilous" and they were convicted of criminal contempt of court. The case brought attention to the lack of freedom of thought and expression in the southern African country.

If you would like to assist The Nation magazine as it faces mounting legal costs, as well as being fined $US10,000 for publishing the two articles, click here.

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