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DA calls for government intervention in eSwatini protests

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The DA has called on the Minister of International Relations and SADC to initiate an immediate mediation between the monarchy and protest leaders in eSwatini, for the protection of lives.

On Thursday, 1 July 2021, the Democratic Alliance (DA) called on the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor and her counterparts in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to initiate a process of pro-democracy talks between the Kingdom of eSwatini and political parties. The Swaziland citizens have been allegedly experiencing violent intimidation from police and army forces, while fighting for their rights and democratic reform.

The party has noted the disturbing videos that allegedly depict clashes between citizens, the police, and army forces, stating that the different footage making the rounds on social media paints a grim picture of the current state of affairs in the country. The DA also noted that while it respects the independence of eSwatini, it believes that citizens have the right to protest peacefully, which should be respected.

The DA also condemned any form of action that seeks to curtail the right to protest, as this might only intensify resistance. The party further stressed that the South African Government and SADC should reach out, in an attempt to offer immediate mediation between the monarchy and leaders of the protest. Should this fail, the SADC should be mobilised to protect people’s lives.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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