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Monday, 4 April 2011


Swazi labour unions have raised the temperature ahead of the expected April 12 ‘uprising’ by announcing they plan to march on the streets of Swaziland for three consecutive days next week.

This means there will also be what amounts to a general strike, as the protest includes all major labour unions in the kingdom, including the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions, the Swaziland Federation of Labour and the Swaziland National Association of Teachers.

The action has been called by the Labour Coordinating Council (LCC).

Muzi Mhlanga, Secretary General of the LCC, and also Secretary General of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), said the demonstrations would take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week (12, 13 and 14 April 2011).

The logistics of the protests will be worked out later this week, but it is known that the marches will take place in three regions: Mbabane, Manzini and Nhlangano.

The labour union action follows a demonstration on 18 March in which about 8,000 people marched on the office of Barnabas Dlamini, Swaziland’s illegally-appointed Prime Minister, to call for the resignation of the entire government along with and a raft of other demands.

The latest action coincides with an ‘uprising’ slated for 12 April which is being coordinated by a Facebook group.

The LCC has not specifically announced that its action is part of that ‘uprising’.

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