Eric Naki
Political Editor
1 minute read
22 Oct 2021
6:35 am

SA, SADC silence questioned as situation deteriorates in Eswatini

Eric Naki

Seven or more people were killed when police allegedly used live ammunition to stop the protests.

This video grab from an AFPTV video taken on 19 October 2021 in Manzini shows an armoured police vehicle driving in the streets in Manzini, Eswatini. Photo: AFPTV / AFP

An expert has blamed South Africa, with its quiet diplomacy, and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) for continued under playing of the deteriorating security situation in Eswatini. Advocate Sipho Mantula, a specialist on African affairs, said the situation was allowed to deteriorate by the SADC, which along with the Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) government, has underplayed the situation since it started earlythis year. Mantula said the protests, in which at least seven people were killed and scores injured in police action, were a continuation of previous protests. Head of the SADC mission on Eswatini and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s envoy, Jeff...