The Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) is targeting the children of members of the kingdom’s ruling elite who are studying in South Africa to force them to return home.
‘We call upon our allies in different tertiary institutions across South Africa to identify children of the regime who are enjoying the comfort of the freedom that was fought so ferociously by the people of South Africa,’ it said in a statement.
‘Our call is that all the regime’s children must come back to Swaziland and face the poverty here at home. They cannot enjoy the toil of others while their parents subject us to untold suffering.’
Students in Swaziland have been campaigning against the Swazi Government’s new policy that will place scholarships with loans and stop allowances for food and accommodation.
Last week SNUS called for the end of ‘royal misrule in Swaziland’.
On Friday (18 March 2011), about 10,000 people marched on the office of the prime minister to call on the government to resign. More mass protests are planned over the coming weeks and an ‘uprising’ for 12 April is being coordinated by a Facebook group.