MBABANE: Labour Minister Phila Buthelezi allegedly advised government to ignore protesting public transport workers adding that hunger would force them back to work.
Speaking in Parliament in the midst of the recent protest by public transport workers, Buthelezi urged government including MPs to absorb the pressure and ignore the public transport workers.
“Labantfu laba baphila ngemdlazi just ignore them, they will protest for a maximum of two weeks and then hunger will force them back to work. What is important is to ensure that they don’t damage property”, said the Minister.
The controversial Parliament statements by the Minister were allegedly censored by the State controlled media, in another Parliament sitting, the Matsanjeni North MP tried to stop Timothy Myeni, the Nkilongo MP from raising a motion demanding accountability from Government after the death of Swazis who were allegedly killed by security forces.
MP Myeni wanted MPs to debate the preliminary report of the Human Rights Commission suggesting that over forty-six(46) people were killed.
“We come far; only for the Honourable Member from Nkilongo to waste our time”, said the Minister.
Speaker in the House of Assembly had warned MPs against recording submissions and debates in Parliament saying that was not expected from any Honorable member.
Labour Minister Phila Buthelezi.