The Swaziland King’s newspaper has published an article liking prodemocracy campaigners in the kingdom to Hitler.
Writer Maqhawe Nxumalo wrote in the Sunday Observer, ‘political party system proponents in the country have taken a few pointers from Hitler’s playbook’.
Swaziland is ruled by King Mswati III, as an absolute monarch. All political parties are banned from taking part in elections and all groups in the kingdom that advocate for democracy and a multi-party system have been banned under the Suppression of Terrorism Act.
The King owns the Swazi Observer group of newspaper through a conglomerate of companies that he controls ‘on behalf of the Swazi nation’.
Nxumalo regularly writes in the Sunday Observer in praise of the King.
On Sunday (10 May 2015) he wrote that opponents of the King told ‘lies’ as Adolf Hitler had done.
He wrote, ‘Hitler is on record saying if lies took him to the end he desired, he would never apologise for lying.’
He added, ‘He had his people actually believe that they were superior to all other nations and were destined to rule over them. He basically filled their heads with nonsense.’
He went on to say, ‘These people lie about monarchical democracy and its operating system, Tinkhundla.
He added, ‘I am bringing up this sad era of the 20th century today because sometimes I get the impression that the political party system proponents in the country have taken a few pointers from Hitler’s playbook.
‘These people lie about monarchical democracy and its operating system, Tinkhundla.’
Among those advocating for multi-party democracy in Swaziland are the United States of America and the European Union.
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