Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
1 Jul 2021
5:56 am

Eswatini unrest: Writing on the wall for King Mswati III

Eric Naki

If state violence against dissent continues, SA may have to deal with influx of refugees from Eswatini.

King Mswati III head of state of eSwatini. Picture: AFP.

South Africa could see an influx of people from across eSwatini should the ongoing pro-democracy protests in the tiny kingdom continue, and if the police crack down harshly on the protesters. Violent protests, which began slowly over the past months, escalated into full-blown riots this week with property and state facilities being set on fired by angry youths. At least one person was killed and scores injured as police cracked down, including using live ammunition against protesters. But some put the death toll higher. ALSO READ: Eswatini pro-democracy protesters burn brewery partly owned by King Mswati Experts said it would...