Swaziland

 
Governments must end the brutal practice of forced evictions
Governments must end the brutal practice of forced evictions
In the biting cold of the early morning on July 23 2018, about 10 000 people in Nairobi’s Kibera slum watched in a sleepy haze as their homes and...
New name, same flaws in eSwatini election, say critics
New name, same flaws in eSwatini election, say critics
Political parties cannot be involved, there are no campaign rallies and the king wields absolute power, choosing the prime minister and cabinet: a...
Swaziland’s name change challenged in court
Swaziland’s name change challenged in court
In a crucial test of the powers of King Mswati III, the Swazi High Court has been asked to strike down the king’s unilateral change of Swaziland’s name to eSwatini earlier this year....
Swaziland’s leaders must stop eating all the grass
Swaziland’s leaders must stop eating all the grass
When King Mswati III, our reigning monarch, celebrated his 50th birthday last month, he was apparently wearing a diamond encrusted watch worth an...
Clash of the cultures: The absolute monarchy and the music festival
Clash of the cultures: The absolute monarchy and the music festival
Change comes slowly to eSwatini. The nation formerly known as Swaziland — and still labelled as such at border posts, on road signs and on...
The businessman’s murder that rocked the Swazi kingdom
The businessman’s murder that rocked the Swazi kingdom
It was a warm Sunday evening on January 14, still light, when Victor Gamedze pulled into the petrol station that was about to become the scene of...
Exiled Swazi editor speaks out
Exiled Swazi editor speaks out
In mid-December, Zweli Martin Dlamini received a tip-off. As a professional private investigator and editor of the independent business newspaper...
After Mugabe, could King Mswati be the next strongman to fall?
After Mugabe, could King Mswati be the next strongman to fall?
In the wake of Robert Mugabe’s fall from grace, commentators are rushing to ask: Which long-term African leader is next in line to hit the dust?...
‘Hey Google, our breasts aren’t sexual’
‘Hey Google, our breasts aren’t sexual’
Nobukhosi Mtshali felt a little lost when she first arrived in Johannesburg. She was beginning a degree in education at Wits University, and...
​The Swazi and Mozambican migrant scholars of Mpumalanga’s border towns
​The Swazi and Mozambican migrant scholars of Mpumalanga’s border towns
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Swazi children rent dingy, unfurnished rooms in Mpumalanga so that they can attend school because the cost of...
SA schools boot out Swazi, Moz children over missing IDs
SA schools boot out Swazi, Moz children over missing IDs
Schools close to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders in Mpumalanga are refusing to admit hundreds — and possibly thousands — of...
Swazi parents in matric panic
Swazi parents in matric panic
When a rural high school in central Swaziland recorded a whopping 73.25% failure rate during the 2016 junior certificate external exams, the...

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