COSATU calls for economic, political isolation of Mswati government


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has called on the international communities to put economic and political isolation against the Mswati government in Swaziland for harassment and killings of trade unionists and activists in the country.

COSATU in a statement signed by the International Secretary, Comrade Sonia Mabunda-Kaziboni said the group is deeply saddened by the passing of the gallant and revolutionary activist, Comrade Thulani Maseko. 

The statement further called  for an unconditional release of all political prisoners as well as granting all workers demands without delay.

COSATU also demanded for immediate justice for all the slain activists of Swaziland. 

They said: “We call on all progressive forces to agitate for the economic and political isolation of the Mswati government, the unconditional release of all political prisoners and support all the workers’ demands until they are realised. 

“We also call for an end to This campaign needs to be strengthened and intensified so that the exploited and oppressed people of Swaziland can be freed from the shackles of the Mswati regime. 

“Comrade Masuku Rudolf Maseko was shot in cold blood on Saturday 21“ of January, 2023 at his home in front of his family. 

“He was a human rights lawyer and an esteemed member of the Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland and the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network. As a fierce critic of the regime and published in the Nation’s Magazine, criticising the lack of judicial independence in Africa’s last absolute monarchy.”

He also publicly criticised the King’s influence on the country’s Judicial system and cIamoured for democracy. 

“For his opposition to the last standing absolute monarchy on the continent dictatorial regime in Swaziland.  Maseko and his co-accused journalist Bheki Makhubu. were imprisoned from 2014-2015 for contempt of court for criticising the country’s judicial system. 

“COSATU continues to pledge its commitment and solidarity to the people of Swaziland,” the union said.

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