PRESS STATEMENT, 25 MAY 2012: AFRICA DAY: A RENEWED PLEDGE FOR AFRICAN SOLIDARITY IN PURSUIT OF A DEMOCRATIC SWAZILAND & AFRICA
On this Africa Day, the Swaziland Diaspora Platform pledges support and solidarity with all people's in Africa seeking freedom, democracy, and responsive, accountable governments. The Swaziland Diaspora Platform is committed to contributing to an Africa that promotes equitable access to resources and opportunities for all Africans for the sustainable development of our great continent. The SDP recognizes that as long as Africans do not stand up for each other, positive development and advancement will continue to favor very few on the continent.
Before Africa Day was known as Africa Freedom Day, the significance of the Day was to reflect the aspirations of people to break free from the chains of colonial bondage by dint of a collective will. Also, it was meant to help raise political awareness around the world about the state of affairs in Africa and the self-determination of its people.
Today we celebrate Africa Day by reflecting on how far Africa has come since colonial days, and what can be done to further strengthen African unity in a global economy that still extracts from Africa without any positive and developmental residual value to Africans.
The painful reality is that Africans are the main impediments to their own freedom. We re-elect leaders that are corrupt, our leaders chose policies that are not favorable to African development and redistribution of wealth, and we stand by and allow neighbouring states to be run to the ground by illegitimate and undemocratic governments.
The Swaziland Diaspora Platform in the main is in pursuit of a democratic Swaziland, that places human rights, social justice and economic equity at it's core. But the Swaziland Diaspora Platform recognizes that freedom for Swazis will be possible with support from other African countries. It therefore follows that Swaziland Diaspora Platform must actively support all people's who have limited rights all over the continent.
Only through solidarity and a common vision for all Africans can we build a continent that ensures all African resources and government policies favour African people for generations to come. We call on all Africans to unite in the fight for a democratic Swaziland, free from the autocratic government of King Mswati III!
Swaziland Diaspor Platform
Spokesperson: Ms Ntombenhle Khathwane
+27 72 327 6497