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Thursday, 28 April 2011


The Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) is calling on students to support the two prodemocracy leaders accused of explosive offences at their bail hearing tomorrow morning (29 April 2011).

Maxwell Dlamini, president of the SNUS, and Musa Ngubeni, a leader in the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), are appearing at Manzini Magistrate Court for a bail hearing.

The case has twice been partly heard and adjourned over the past eight days.

The SNUS is also calling for supporters to turn up to court wearing red t-shirts – a symbol of workers’ unity in Swaziland.

A message posted to SNUS Facebook members reads in part, ‘To all Students: We all know that this is your examination time. However, this does not mean that you do not have the duty to attend the court case tomorrow. Mobilise each other for this special RED FRIDAY, wear your red tops and attend the case (long sleeve please).

‘This is more especially directed to students from William Pitcher, Nazarene, UNISWA, and SCOT. We do not expect even one student from these institutions to be absent from the court case since they are closer to Manzini.

‘What could stop you, Comrades, from taking some time off your books and show support to the Comrades and the Struggle for freedom? The court will not free these Comrades if we do not show by our numbers in court that we are serious about their release.

‘When the “all rise in court” voice pops out the Magistrate must see a different court; a RED court. We cannot bank on the law of the oppressor to free our own.’

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