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)

South African artists urged to support a cultural boycott against Eswatini

The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) has appealed to South Africans involved in the arts, film, television and music sectors to support a cultural boycott against the Kingdom of Eswatini in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the landlocked country.

The 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.

In a statement tweeted on Monday, the spokesperson of the SSN Lucky Lukhele said: “The long and tortuous struggle against King Mswati’s brutally oppressive regime has entered a dangerous phase where in order to save itself from an awakened population the regime is resorting to murder, torture and arbitrary detention of political activists.”

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Lukhele further tweeted that King Mswati III’s “regime” is desperately trying “to convince the world” that his kingdom “has gone back to normal and that peace and tranquility have been restored”.

“As part of this propaganda campaign the regime has organized a cultural and musical festival known as the Luju Festi,” Lukhele tweeted.

According to a digital banner shared on Twitter, popular South African musician Sjava is expected to perform at the festival scheduled for 27 to 28 November 2021.

Lukhele said the SSN wishes to inform South African artists that peace has not been restored in Eswatini and that two of the country’s members of parliament remain behind bars “for merely advocating for a democratic government”.

“No self respecting artist would want to participate in any festival organized by such a despicably oppressive regime. We therefore plead with all artists not to honour invitations to perform in that country,” Lukhele said.

Lukhele added that schools in Eswatini remain closed “as a result of the government’s refusal to meet the demands of the learners”.

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in South Africa Julius Malema recently announced that the red berets will in due course block off Eswatini’s borders, allowing only food and medicine into the kingdom, in support of pro-democracy demonstrations.

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.

The deliberations between Ramaphosa and King Mswati III resolved that the Kingdom of Eswatini will embark on a process that will work towards the establishment of a national dialogue forum.

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