President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Majesty King Mswati III, Kingdom of Swaziland, and Her Royal Highness Queen Inkhosikati La Mbikiza, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Julius Malema says the EFF plans to block Eswatini’s borders to intensify pro-democracy protests

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema on Thursday said his party will announce soon when it will block off the borders of Eswatini in solidarity with the country’s people protesting for democracy.

Protests flared up in the Kingdom of Eswatini in June this year after the killing of a local law student allegedly at the hands of police, leading to prolonged unrest in that country.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organ on politics, defence and security, concluded a one-day working visit to Eswatini with His Majesty King Mswati III on Tuesday, 2 November 2021.

Their talks follow a visit to the kingdom by special envoys on 21 and 22 October 2021, who were directed by Ramaphosa to visit the landlocked country.

In a statement released by the president’s office this week, it said the two leaders held discussions on a broad range of matters relating to the political and security situation in the kingdom.

“The deliberations resolved that the Kingdom of Eswatini will embark on a process that will work towards the establishment of a national dialogue forum,” that statement read.

The EFF of Swaziland, however, rejected the resolution to set up a national dialogue forum, saying it undermines the people of Eswatini.

The red berets in the kingdom further said that the dialogue would not be meaningful “if the arrested MPs are still languishing in prison and when political parties remain banned”.

The dialogue, the party added, would be meaningful if the kingdom’s Constitution “is set aside during the dialogue period so that we go to the table as equal partners”.

Malema said on Thursday that the EFF in South Africa will block off the kingdom’s borders until its king steps down.

Malema, however, added that the EFF does not have any problems with King Mswati III but that the reigning monarch should operate like his Zulu counterpart in South Africa and not interfere in the country’s political and economic affairs.

Malema urged emaSwati not to be discouraged and that they should keep fighting for democracy.

“No one said it was going to be easy,” Malema said, clarifying that once the kingdom’s borders have been blocked off, only medication and food will be allowed into the country.

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