Swaziland will be a democracy: Cosatu

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(File photo) Swazi King Mswati III with some his 13 wives in Manzini, Swaziland.

Johannesburg - It will not be long before Swaziland is a democratic country, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Thursday.

“This is not a promise but a fact, and none can deny it in the face of evidence as the regime daily demonstrates signs of collapse,” Cosatu deputy president Zingiswa Losi told reporters in Johannesburg.

“The global working class has made it clear and loud, we shall be with you (Swaziland) however long it takes, wherever you are and however painful it feels.”

Losi said Cosatu would not be silent about the situation in Swaziland as it was told to do, because South Africa had its own problems.

“When we were in struggle, many of our friends all over the world didn't ignore us on the basis of that flimsy excuse.”

She said other countries had sacrificed for South Africa and that is what Cosatu was doing for Swaziland.

Cosatu did not want to dictate to the Swazi people how they should drive their struggle, but it was offering support.

The trade union federation's members had been going into Swaziland every month to support the people there.

Cosatu held a meeting in Johannesburg this week with trade union leaders from around Africa.

Representatives from Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Luanda, Zimbabwe and Senegal were present.

This was part of the global week of action for Swaziland. - Sapa


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