MBABANE: After boycotting Umhlanga Reed Dance, the youth in eSwatini including young girls are now protesting in various schools demanding that King Mswati steps down.
Students at Hosea and Lulakeni High Schools boycotted classes on Wednesday and Thursday respectively demanding the release of arrested pro-democracy Members of Parliament(MPs) while singing anti-Monarchy songs.
Reached for comments by this Swaziland News, Mbongwa Dlamini, the President of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers(SNAT) confirmed that students were starting to call for democratic reforms adding that issues of politics and freedom did not have an age limit.
“It’s true the students at Hosea engaged in a protest, issues of democracy and freedom do not have an age limit”, said the SNAT President.
Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa and ruled by Mswati as an absolute Monarch is facing growing calls for democratic reforms.
Government and King Mswati’s Spokesperson Sabelo Dlamini had not responded to our questions at the time of compiling this report.
Reached for comments, Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) urged everyone, young and old to join the protests in demand for democratic reforms.
“We will be announcing a date where everyone, young and old will be expected to participate in the protests.These protests should not be centered around the Constituencies of the arrested MPs but the whole country because they represent all of us. We want a mass protest, we are tired of these oppressors,” said the PUDEMO President.
Lulakeni High School students engaged in a protest.