Times Live, South Africa
Swaziland campaign in loan protest outside parliament
About 100 members of the Swaziland Democracy Campaign have protested outside parliament against the R2.4-billion loan given by the South African government to King Mswati III.
Cosatu’s Western Cape provincial organiser, Mike Louw, told Politics LIVE: “The bailout is unacceptable. The only legitimate way of providing a loan is under the condition that political prisoners are released, and that the Swazi government agrees that political parties and trade unions could operate freely”.
Led by Cosatu, the campaign plans to march in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth on Thursday (8 September 2011).
A group of 30 Cosatu leaders, including the federation’s deputy president, Zingiswa Losi, have been in Swaziland since Monday, taking part in a week of protests organised by Swazi trade unions.
Another 50 Cosatu leaders are set to travel to the kingdom today and tomorrow, Cosatu said yesterday.
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