South Africa must not “bail out” the government of Swaziland, General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), Blade Nzimande, said on Tuesday.
He was addressing the 5th central committee meeting of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Midrand near Johannesburg.
Support could be given to the Swaziland government only if it allowed for free and democratic expressions by the people of that country.
“The SACP demands the unbanning of all political parties in Swaziland and the creation of conditions for free and full political participation by all in building a democratic Swaziland.”
Turning to popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, Nzimande added that the SACP condemned “the state-inspired violence directed against protestors and civilians in general in these areas.”
But he noted that the uprisings marked “a decisive resurgence of popular agency in the Arab world, breaking the bonds of fear and repression, and asserting a profound democratic yearning for popular sovereignty.” - I-Net Bridge