Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Swazi police release Jay Naidoo ‘after questioning’

"Jay [Naidoo] was arrested at a roadblock on his way to Manzini," said spokesperson Lucky Lukhule on Thursday

"He was briefly detained and released after questioning. He will continue to chair the panel of experts on Friday."

He said Naidoo was part of an international panel of experts, which would hear from Swazi workers about how labour rights violations affect their lives.

The panel consists of Alec Muchadehama, a human rights lawyer and activist from Zimbabwe; Paul Verryn, of the Methodist Church; and Nomthetho Simelane, a former lecturer in political science at the University of Swaziland.

Lukhule said Vincent Ncongwane, former secretary general of the Swaziland United Democratic was arrested on Thursday morning, and was held at the regional police headquarters in Manzini.

House arrest
He was later released and placed under house arrest. Lukhule said representatives of the International Trade Union Confederation were also questioned and followed from the airport to a hotel in Manzini.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions had demanded the immediate, unconditional release of all those arrested.

Spokesperson Patrick Craven called on the international trade union movement to launch a campaign for human rights and democracy in Swaziland. – Sapa

Subscribe to the M&G

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them.

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

Mbeki tells ANC that land without compensation goes against the...

‘This would be a very serious disincentive to investment,’ says Thabo Mbeki in a document arguing that the ANC should not proceed with the Constitutional amendment of section 25

Micro-hydropower lights up an Eastern Cape village

There is hidden potential for small hydropower plants in South Africa

More top stories

Abattoir compliance for game meat will kill Eastern Cape industry,...

Last month, the department of agriculture issued a notice saying that the slaughter and dressing of game meat at any place other than an abattoir was prohibited, and that those not complying could be fined or imprisoned

Gauteng health system is heading for catastrophe

While officials remain entangled in bureaucratic knots, clinicians warn that the continued closure of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital risks a ‘humanitarian disaster’

Entrepreneurship will save South Africa’s youth

Complaining about ‘reverse racism’ and BEE serves no one. South Africa’s white youth should focus on entrepreneurship instead

Union calls on government to nationalise ‘profit-driven’ Clover

The dairy’s Lichtenburg factory, which is being closed due to service delivery issues, employs about 380 permanent and 40 temporary workers
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×