PRESS RELEASE: 10 APRIL 2012
12th APRIL PROTEST “A CALL FOR A PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT”
The Swazi Diaspora Platform (SDP) joins the Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF) and the Swaziland Democracy Campaign (SDC) and all Swazis in mourning as another April 12 is marked under the theme “A Call For A People’s Government”.
April 12 is a day of mourning in Swaziland, denouncing the reversal of hard earned independence from British colonial rule. Swaziland gained independence from Britain on 6th September 1968 and less than 5 years later on 12th April 1973, King Sobhuza II and the monarch committed a coup de tat and usurped all legislative and executive powers for themselves. It is 39 years since the Swazi people lost their independence to their own King.
Immediately after this coup de tat by King Sobhuza II, many pro-democracy activists made it their lifelong mission to regain the independence of the Swazi people and free ourselves from living as serfs and subjects in our own country. As years have passed more Swazis are recognizing that the current state of the kingdom is a grave injustice and many are playing their part to promote independence and democratization of the Swazi people from the Mswati III and his monarch, who has made history as the last Absolute Monarch in Africa.
The Swazi Diaspora Platform (SDP) will be joining in all protest and picketing activities marking 39 years of servitude to the Dlamini Monarchy on 12th April 2012 taking place in Swaziland as well as Johannesburg, Gauteng. All Swazis and those in solidarity with the pro-democracy movement are urged to show support by participating in protest action in Swaziland or pickets in Johannesburg.
The Johannesburg picket will be taking place as follows:
Venue: Swaziland Consulate
Address: Forum 7 on 33 Hoofdt Street, Braamfontein
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Date: 12th April 2012