Swaziland: Striving for freedom Vol 18. April to June 2015
A Chief Justice sacked after allegations of abuse of power, the Justice Minister sacked and accused of bribery and corruption and the whole Swazi judiciary in crisis. These were the highlight events in the second quarter of 2015.
But that was not all, King Mswati III was revealed to have deceived his subjects when he bought himself a private jet aircraft in 2010. The plane was impounded by a court in Canada as the subject of a dispute over unpaid debts. Then, it was revealed that the King was buying himself another jet with a cost estimated at about $44 million.
Meanwhile, the international community were exploring ways to sanction the King and force a move towards democracy in Swaziland.
Jailed journalists Bhekhi Makhubu and Thulani Maseko, both jailed for writing articles critical of the Swazi judiciary, had their convictions overturned by the Supreme Court.
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