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Monday, 4 April 2011


The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) has responded with scorn to the news yesterday (3 April 1011) that the Swazi Government had asked South Africa’s elite crime busters the Hawks to investigate the organisation and its role in the ‘uprising’ planned in Swaziland for 12 April.

Below is a statement from SSN issued today.


Swazi Government Free to Come and Investigate SSN

04 April 2011

The Sunday Times in South Africa yesterday published a story about the Swazi government's attempts to enlist its South African counterparts in investigating SSN.

We are definitely not surprised by this report.
However, we wish to register our sincere concerns about the sanity of the Swazi officials.

There is clearly something wrong with the mental faculties of people who ban an organization, victimise civil servants and diplomats for meeting with it, and then later secretly investigate it.

Our support for Swaziland's uprising is completely above board. We have never hidden our agenda. Ours is not an NGO that was created to provide employment to its full time workers. Our objective is to help Swazis liberate themselves as soon as possible.

To save the South African government the embarrassment of being suspected of aiding despots, we are publicly inviting the Swazi government to come to our offices for a fact finding mission. This, we hope, will give them a much more dignified and sincere way to obtain the information that they already have, which is that we are giving all necessary support to the April 12 uprising.

Issued By the Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN]

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Sunday, 3 April 2011


Swaziland’s King Mswati III has asked the South African ‘Hawks’ (the specialist unit that tackles organised crime) to help him beat an ‘uprising’ that is being organised against him on 12 April 2011.

The Sunday Times, a Johannesburg-based newspaper, reports today (3 April 2011) that a ‘panicky’ king fears he will be toppled in the uprising. He asked the Hawks to spy on the South African-based Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) – one of the organisers of the uprising – but the Hawks said it was none of its business.

Below is the full report from the Sunday Times. It did not appear on the Times’ website, but has been copied onto the SSN Forum.


Panicky King Mswati turns to SA for support

A panicky King Mswati, who fears being toppled in a Tunisian-style revolution in his tiny kingdom of Swaziland, has pleaded with South Africa’s Hawks and crime intelligence to help him avert an uprising.

The Sunday Times can reveal that a top-level meeting took place at the head office of the Hawks in Pretoria two weeks ago.

Hawks boss Anwar Dramat and a representative of the intelligence community met three representatives of the Swazi government.

A South African official said that the Swazis wanted South Africa’s law enforcement agencies to monitor the movements and communications of the leaders of the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN), operating from Cosatu House in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

It is not clear if anything was decided at the meeting.

The SSN is said to be among the organisers of the planned “April 12 Revolution”, in which public servants and Swazi youth have been called on to rise against Mswati’s autocratic rule.

Mswati is Africa’s last absolute monarch.

“The Swazis’ fear is that this revolution is being brewed from Cosatu House,” the official said.

“Mswati is in a panic… they were shaken by the (anti-government) march (on March 19) and now they fear that the April 12 Revolution will be bigger.”

The official said the Swazi government knew it could not carry out a violent crackdown on its people as donor countries like the US would not allow it.

The first anti-government march took place on March 19 in Mbabane. About 3,000 people, mostly students and public servants, took part.

Organisers are planning an uprising similar to those that toppled regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.

SSN spokesman Lucky Lukhele told the Sunday Times that his group was not surprised by the Swazi government’s move.

He called on South Africa to “ignore” Mswati’s government. “It’s high time SA tells Mswati ‘to hell with you, sort out your own problems’.

“We expect President Jacob Zuma, as he approaches his chairmanship of the (Southern African Development Community) troika in August, to send a clear message to Mswati that SA cannot be used by him,” said Lukhele.

He said that his group’s members had been banned from entering the country.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said: I can only confirm that a meeting took place… I’m not privy to the details and I don’t think we are the appropriate people to deal with it.”

Polela referred further questions to the government of Swaziland.

Swazi government spokesperson Macanjana Motsa said that his country’s police and the government were “not aware of the meeting”.