The Swaziland Diaspora Platform is pleased beyond measure at the motion initiated by the Democratic Alliance and unreservedly supported by the ANC in the South African National Parliament that Swaziland should not get the R2.4 Billion loan unless and until the Swaziland government meets the following conditions:
- The scrapping of the 39 year old state of emergency;
- The implementation of Universal Human Rights;
- That none of the loan funds be spent on the monarchy;
- The immediate implementation of a multi-party transitional government; and
- The immediate start of multi-party negotiations towards a new democratic constitution for Swaziland.
This is in accordance with what the Swaziland Mass Democratic Movement has always called for, for almost four decades. It is welcome that Swaziland's closest neighbour and biggest trading partner, South Africa, has through both it's ruling party, the ANC, and official opposition, the DA, made it clear to the world that it is serious not only about uplifting the livelihood of South Africans but is concerned about uplifting all Africans; and prioritises regional integration through responsive, accountable and transparent democratic governments.
South Africa has shown Swazis and the rest of Africa how a multi-party democracy is really about the people, and that at the end of it all the common denominator and most important goal is the pursuit of a better life for all the people, all of the time despite ideological and other differences.
The Swaziland Diaspora Platform