The BBC World Service radio is now taking more notice of Swaziland than it has in recent years. This week there have been two features broadcast on Focus on Africa, a programme that is received in Swaziland via state-controlled SBIS.
In this – the second feature – Louise Redvers talks to people she says are prepared to put their lives on the line to campaign for freedom in the kingdom, ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch.
She interviews a student leader, a journalist and a human rights campaigner. They all know that it is ‘suicidal’ to challenge the king – but nonetheless they are prepared to do so. As one interviewee says, the level of oppression keeps people quiet, but the rulers can’t keep the lid closed.
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