70 Swazis falsely seek political asylum in Canada
EZULWINI – Since January, at least 70 Swazis have left Swaziland for Canada to falsely seek political asylum using fraudulent documentation.
The latest case is that of a civil servant named Zandile Ndlela who was arrested in Germany en-route to Canada using a similar process. She is back in Swaziland after being deported by Germany authorities. An unidentified organisation or company operating in Manzini is said to be the one producing the false documentation and police are probing it. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mtiti Fakudze revealed this yesterday in response to questions from Times Managing Editor Mbongeni Mbingo during a breakfast meeting held at Sibane Hotel.
"We have heard that a lot of Swazis are seeking political asylum overseas, especially in Canada. They claim that they are badly treated in the kingdom. Is government aware of this danger to the country’s image? About the woman who was arrested in Germany, how did she return? What are Germans saying and what has been government’s role in all these? Mbingo enquired.
In response, Minister Mtiti said following Zandile’s arrest, the German and Canadian embassies engaged the foreign affairs ministry, home affairs ministry and the police. "They warned us as a nation that there are Swazis streaming into Canada who use documents purporting that they are attending international meetings there. These Swazis use illegal passports obtained through forged documents including bank statements," the minister said.
He said the organisation helping the locals had people of foreign origin in its employ. "Up to 70 Swazis have travelled in this manner since the beginning of the year. When they get to Canada they claim that life is not good in Swaziland. However, we know that they are there to look for employment through seeking political asylum. Swaziland does not have political exiles. Life is good in Swaziland," the minister said. Mtiti said what was happening was tantamount to human trafficking and smuggling.
"We urge these Swazi to come back home because they are suffering in these countries. Regarding to the woman arrested in Germany, we have heard that she was not alone as a lot of other were turned back," he said.
Life is good in Swaziland my foot! Yini legood lapha yenebakitsi! Sitawhlanya nawowonkhe umhlaba kulesimo lesikuso kulelive vele. Kuncono kuhlupheka eveni lowatiko kutsi akusilo lakho kunekuhlupheka ekhaya kini. Sitawchubeka sibaleke ngato tonkhe tindlela ngobe kute lova kuhlupheka kwetfu kulelive.
Jun 15, 2012, 7:05 AM, A M. Gama (mbokane@gmail)
The fact that Swazis are leaving SD is proof enough that there is something that is not right in the country. Asenime ke kudla ngeMaswati lahambele tintfo letinengi lapho. Stop burying your face in the ground and act that all is well. this is just a clear sign that people are not happy, they are frustrated and marginalised. So just let them be. They know their reasons for leaving. Remember people have a right of movement in this world as it is enshrined in the UN. Leave those who leave, banihluphe ngani, do you own them, dont they have a right to live and stay where they want?? Stop being saddists nijatjuliswe kutsi bantfu bahlale lapha bahlupheka nibagcilata bancengana nani for jobs, food, education and all!!After all you should be rejoicing!!
Jun 15, 2012, 7:05 AM, Siphiwe Dhlamini (siphiweDHLA@yahoo.com)
I left Swaziland 10 years ago and I can't seem to find reason why I should go back. All my classmates are either dead, sick, unemployed or very poor. My older brothers have never found work since leaving school in the 1990s. I have a job in a foreign land. Not bad. If you want to leave Swaziland, drop me an email and I will help you get out of there before the ship sinks. I am not a trafficker, just a Swazi who has seen the world outside Swaziland.
Jun 15, 2012, 11:55 AM, Mgungu Mkhabela (email@example.com)
OMG! Why am I suprised really. "Life is good in Swaziland", yenkosiyami. Mtiti is having a good life in swaziland and thus life is good in Swaziland. I dont blame you you actually having a good life but not the nation and you dont have a right to speak for us. This is plain stomach politics. I give up. Anonymous.
Jun 15, 2012, 1:08 PM, Sinkhwa
Yini lelekutsiwa "Life is good" ngayo in Swaziland?? Asebeme kudlala ngemaswati laba bona, coz bona batfola noma ngayini lebayifunako lapho kangwane. Bona nje asebeme kuvimbela emaswati kutsi atihambele ayofuna emadlelo laluhlata.
Jun 15, 2012, 2:25 PM, Peace Die-far (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"life is good in Swaziland" kuphi lakhona females are not heard.They are being treated as if somebody owns them, they are raped, beaten by husbands, bayatekwa against their will and nobody hears their cry.There are countless street kids just because their parents cant afford to pay their school fees ngenca yalo hulumende wakhona longafuni kuholela batali babo and nyalo they are taking from the little they have ngale vat yakhona ibe emaholo angakenyuswa.....letincuncumadevu atisale todvwa lapho eswatini.70 swazis usemncane....kusetawufika ku 7000.
Jun 15, 2012, 2:25 PM, anonymous
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