By Mark | September 24, 2014
International Trade Union Federation
Nomination of Swazi activists for 2014 Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Award
More than 50 trade unions and civil society organisations joined in nominating Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu for the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Award which honors exceptional individuals who peacefully promote and protect universally recognised rights.
Thulani is a Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | September 10, 2014
More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.
The families had been staying at Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | August 31, 2014
I’ve commented so often on what’s wrong with the last feudal dictatorship in Africa – the kingdom of Swaziland – that I often think nothing more can shock me. Whether it’s jailing a newspaper editor and a union lawyer for questioning the decisions of the courts, or the Prime Minister threatening to throttle the leader of Swaziland’s TUC, the news gets worse and worse. Now a prayer meeting has been banned by the police because trade unionists were going to be speaking at it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | August 4, 2014
Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and editor Bheki Makhubu have been imprisoned for two years, charged with contempt of court for criticising Swaziland’s Chief Justice.
Thulani wrote to US President Barack Obama, ahead of the US Africa Leaders Summit, to ask him to call on King Mswati to introduce fundamental human rights and democracy.
Thulani wrote his letter from Sidvwashini prison in Mbabane, he has since been moved to Big Bend Prison, much further from away from his family.
President Barack Hussein Obama
President of Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | July 17, 2014
Respected Swaziland editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko have been convicted for contempt of court.
In what has been seen as a major blow to the journalism profession and human rights in Swaziland, respected editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko have been convicted for Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | June 6, 2014
May 28 2014 was the day Zimbabwe and the world held the inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day and shocking confessions were made by women from all cross sections of our lovely country. The worst shock was revelation by some young (and old) women that they are using cow dung as sanitary “pads” during their monthly period. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | May 31, 2014
Peter Mutharika has been sworn in as Malawi’s president after the High Court rejected a request for a recount following allegations of Read the rest of this entry »
By admin | May 30, 2014
Critics say she was politically naive, failed to deal convincingly with Cashgate corruption scandal, and was too often absent
Source: The Guardian (UK)
By Godfrey Mapondera in Blantyre and David Smith in Johannesburg
I learned that leadership is about falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you. It is about serving the people with selflessness, with sacrifice and with the need to put the common good ahead of personal interests.”
These were the words of Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | May 25, 2014
This Sunday marks the 51st anniversary of the OAU/AU, which is the continent’s premiere political body. It was formed in 1963 to advance and champion the cause of Africa’s liberation from colonialism and underdevelopment. COSATU joins the rest of our people on the continent in celebrating the great strides our continent has made since then, particularly in the struggle for liberation from colonialism. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark | May 19, 2014
Source: Swazi Media Commentary
A newspaper in Swaziland reported on Monday (19 May 2014) that the controversial Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi had issued warrants for the arrest of three High Court Judges because they disagreed with his Read the rest of this entry »