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MANZINI – Members of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) seemingly do not support the campaign calling for their President Maxwell Dlamini to be freed.

This is if the list of people who officially support the ‘Free Maxwell Dlamini campaign’ on the internet is anything to go by.

Only three Swazis Musa Hlophe, Sikelela Dlamini and Dumezweni Dlamini have officially registered on the ‘freemaxwelldlamini’ website.

The three appear under three Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) namely the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations (SCCCO), Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF), Swaziland and the Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice, Swaziland respectively.

Hlophe is the Coordinator of SCCCO, Sikelela is the Project Coordinator at SUDF and Dumezweni is Project Coordinator at the Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice.


The list of Maxwell’s sympathisers in the webpage is divided into four categories; NGOs, student organisations, public institutions and individuals.

Not even the very SNUS executive has registered its support for their president to be released for the alleged possession of explosives prior to the ‘April 12 Uprising’.

The website calls for the immediate release of the two, Maxwell and Musa Ngubeni and the campaign Coordinator Peter Kenworthy, from Denmark said the campaign seeks to help secure the release of what he called a political prisoner and Swazi student leader Maxwell.

Kenworthy is from the Africa Contact, an organisation that works with two organisations in the country, the Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice and SUDF.

The website also states that the Free Maxwell Dlamini campaign is a group of people who believe that peaceful advocates of democracy and socio-economic justice – such as Maxwell Dlamini and Musa – should be allowed to speak their mind and push for democratic reform without being detained and tortured, as has been the case with them.


Meanwhile as members of the ‘Free Maxwell Dlamini’ campaign they had intended to write letters to the Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, also copied to the King’s Office, Cabinet Office, Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Lutfo Dlamini and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

However Minister Lutfo Dlamini says so far his office has not received anything relating to the two suspects who are in custody.



We are the youth of this country and nje mbamba nalo Maxwell asimati kahle and nje lelekaboshelwe kona akusiko lengcabanga kutsi kufunwa yi youth yaka Ngwane, this boy just wanted fame he is an MJ, Govendor copy cat manje nyalo buka sokuphi. We need scholarships bantfu badlala ngato kanje banconote kuboshelwa intfo lefile bato gainer i recognition kube wabhomisa something ngabe kuyevakala lokutsi nje bekutintsambo akuvakali mbaba, and asimveli tsine youth ya se swatini.
Jun 23, 2011, 12:37 PM, muzi

Sibusiso Nhlabatsi, Chairperson of SNUS has supported the campaign on behalf of SNUS. See http://freemaxwelldlamini.wordpress.com/category/we-support-the-campaign/
Jun 23, 2011, 2:45 PM, Peter Kenworthy (pechken@gmail.com)

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