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6pm curfew imposed following anti-monarchy protests in eSwatini

Anti-monarchy protests have rocked the tiny kingdom of eSwatini for days. Picture: Swazi News

Anti-monarchy protests have rocked the tiny kingdom of eSwatini for days. Picture: Swazi News

Published Jun 30, 2021


Johannesburg - The government of eSwatini is working hard to ensure the situation returns to normal, said acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku Tuesday.

Masuku made the remarks while addressing the nation following the recent protests by the people.

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The protests have been hijacked by criminal elements, and in the last few day, "people have been attacked, property destroyed, businesses looted and public roads blocked," said Masuku, who insisted that the government is addressing the concerns of the people calling for the peaceful resolution of the grievances.

"The government would like to assure all emaSwati (Swazi people), residents of eSwatini, the international community and diplomatic partners that we are working around the clock to ensure that the situation is normalized. Government has been following these protests and we want to assure the Nation that these concerns have reached our ears and we are addressing them. We will be working with Parliament and all concerned stakeholders to action them accordingly," said Masuku.

ESwatini is a nation that believes in dialogue, said Masuku. He, however, suggested that due to the Covid-19, aggrieved emaSwati should write email to the government to express their grievances.

The government will also introduce curfew from 6 pm to 5 am and close schools with immediate effect to save lives of people from the pandemic, he said.

"The law will be upheld against all those who perpetuate anarchy and threaten the lives and livelihoods of emaSwati. Our security forces are on the ground to maintain law and order. We request the nation to cooperate with security forces as they are deployed to protect the lives of all emaSwati and residents of this beautiful Kingdom, including private and public property," said Masuku.

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