A leader of the democracy protests in Swaziland is in critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car, which activists say was an act of attempted murder.
Sifiso Mabuza, Deputy President of the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), ‘was hit by a car mysteriously as he was preparing to board a bus to Mbabane where protest actions organised by the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) and the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) were due to take place,’ according to the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN).
Mabuza had previously been arrested by police ahead of the banned protests scheduled to be held across the kingdom, ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharn Africa’s last absolute monarch.
In a statement released yesterday (12 April 2012), SSN said, ‘His close colleagues have revealed that Mabuza was warned by the police last night after releasing him that he should not participate in today’s protests. While the police were busy rounding up other leaders of the mass movement.
‘Mabuza headed to Siteki town in the morning to board a bus to Manzini, where he would board another one to Mbabane. As he was standing along the perimeters of the bus rank a car came from nowhere and hit him. He was taken to Mbabane hospital where he currently is in critical condition.’
It called it a ‘clear attempted murder by state agents’.
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