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southern africa / gender / non-anarchist press Monday November 14, 2011 21:35 by Richard Rooney
Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, says Swaziland will not give human rights to gay people, because they don’t exist in the kingdom.
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southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Wednesday March 30, 2011 03:05 by Richard Rooney
The Times Sunday reported yesterday (27 March 2011) that members of the Operational Support Service Unit (OSSU), the paramilitary police wing, are training to counter riots. ‘In other countries, when the army goes astray or plots to overthrow the government, the riot police squad is the one expected to contain the soldiers.’ read full story / add a comment
east africa / economy / non-anarchist press Tuesday September 28, 2010 09:17 by Richard Rooney
Just how bad is the state of Swaziland’s economy? It’s a ‘catastrophe’ if you believe Roman Grynberg, senior research fellow at the non-governmental Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, who said this week that changes made in the past to the way Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) revenues were distributed, added to further changes being discussed for the future, would have ‘absolutely catastrophic’ consequences for countries such as Swaziland and would be ‘serious for political stability in the whole Southern African region’. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Tuesday September 07, 2010 09:31 by Richard Rooney
The Swazi state is so worried about how the international community will view the Global Day of Action for democracy in Swaziland tomorrow (7 September 2010), it has barred foreign journalists from the kingdom. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Friday January 15, 2010 18:12 by Richard Rooney
Swazis may face widespread hunger following an admission from the Swazi Government that it does not have the money to subsidise farming this year. In particular Swaziland staple food - maize - will be badly affected. Minister of Agriculture Clement Dlamini said there ‘was no money in place’ to subsidise the cost to farmers of seeds, fertiliser and other necessities.. He said without the subsidies it was impossible to ensure food security. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Thursday January 14, 2010 16:41 by Richard Rooney
The Swazi Government has ordered 14 percent cuts in all department budgets in order to stop Swaziland going into bankruptcy. A total of E1.5 billion must be cut straight away, says Swaziland’s Finance Minister Majozi Sithole. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / gender / non-anarchist press Thursday January 07, 2010 15:27 by Richard Rooney
The following is an extract from the sexgenderbody website about the murder of Swazi woman Pitseng Vilakati who was vilified by the Swaziland press after she announced that she and her lesbian partner Thuli Rudd were to marry each other. Thui Rudd was arrested late December 2009 and charged with the murder of Vilakati. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Tuesday December 22, 2009 20:50 by Richard Rooney   text 1 comment (last - saturday december 26, 2009 09:58)
Swaziland police fired over the heads of textile workers protesting that they had not been paid by their employer. In what is becoming a standard practice with Swazi police, the cops threatened the workers with violence, even though they were engaged in a legitimate protest. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Friday December 04, 2009 15:26 by Richard Rooney
It hasn’t taken long for Swaziland’s police force to show their true colours when it comes to defending people in power. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / economy / non-anarchist press Tuesday December 01, 2009 22:40 by Richard Rooney
I’ve been warning for some time that the kingdom ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch is living beyond its means. With 70 percent of the one million population earning less than one US dollar a day and receipts from the Southern African Customs Union about to be cut to ribbons, there is next to no money coming into the government in Swaziland. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Wednesday September 16, 2009 16:13 by Richard Rooney
Swaziland’s Police Operational Support Service Unit (OSSU) has bought three armoured vehicles designed to be used against civilian populations. The RG12 4x4 armoured vehicle is described by manufacturers BAE Systems ‘as an anti-riot vehicle.’ It can be deployed in both urban and rural settings. The question [...], of course, is what are the armoured vehicles that can deploy a ‘variety of grenades, rifles and other weapons’ to be used for? read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Sunday August 16, 2009 15:23 by Richard Rooney
For two days this past week the ruling elite in Swaziland has been engaged in what it likes to call a ‘Smart partnership’. In theory everyone who wanted to came together to discuss openly (without fear or favour etc) what ails Swaziland and what can be done about its problems. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Thursday July 16, 2009 21:27 by Richard Rooney
Swazi businessman and anti-democrat Walter Bennett says workers should be beaten up for organising their own meeting to discuss the needs of the people of Swaziland. Bennett, a former Swazi Senator and full time apologist for King Mswati III, the last absolute monarch in sub-Saharan Africa, says it is a pity that beating up a person is against the law.. read full story / add a comment
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