MBABANE: Mphandlana Shongwe, the prominent member of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) turns 60 years on Sunday, he renewed his desire to see a free and democratic society in his lifetime.
Born on the 27th September 1960, the prominent political activist who was persecuted and arrested several times by the police merely for calling for democratic reforms said it was encouraging that the Swazi Nation is now beginning to speak against social and political injustice, he expressed confidence that soon the country will be free.
“At this age, I pride myself for defying the three pillars of oppression in our society, kubidvwa kubonwa, thula utawuba ngumuntfu and tiboke tikwece. These are the pillars that resulted to a silent society that we grew under and since my youthful age, I refused to be silent regarding the oppression in this country. I did not start experiencing oppression and suppression at the hands of government. Being born in a poor family was the beginning of suppression and oppression because I had to grow up in a foster institution called Mission where I experienced oppression as well” said the political activist.
The PUDEMO member said he had to spent 10 years for a two-year course at the William Picher College due to oppression and when he started to be active in the political space, was able to connect the dots how the oppression starts from the top to the bottom across all the sectors of the society.
The office of PUDEMO Secretary General Wandile Dludlu published a banner wishing the veteran political activists a happy birthday, Shongwe is a member of the National Executive Committee within his organization.
“PUDEMO wishes National Executive Committee (NEC) member and struggle stalwart CDE Mphandlana “Victim” Shongwe longlife in his 60th birthday” read the statement released by PUDEMO.
Political parties are banned in Swaziland and any criticism directed to the King and his government might attract treason charges or sedition charges.
PUDEMO NEC Member Mphandlana Shongwe