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PITCHER STUDENTS ATTEND POLITICAL SUMMER SCHOOL

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MBABANE – About 30 William Pitcher Teachers’ College students attended a 10-day political summer school where they were equipped with training on how to destabilise a country.


As a result of the said training, two of the students now live in fear of being expelled from the college and being blacklisted by government so that they never work in the country.
The 10-day camp was held in Mpumalanga, South Africa and was hosted by the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS).


The annual summer school took place between December 20 and 30, 2016 and was attended by activists from Swaziland and those in exile including the about 30 students from the teaching college.
On January 2, 2017, a student in the college, who, however, did not partake in the summer school was allegedly paid a visit by a group of police officers while at the institution who asked about the whereabouts of the two students in question.


The student was targeted because he holds a position within the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), William Pitcher branch.
The officers are said to have been carrying photos of the college’s students who attended the summer school together with one of the CPS national organisers.    
A well-placed source close to the matter reported that when the institution re-opened for the second semester earlier this month, a group of plain-clothes police officers allegedly paid a visit to the college and searched for two activists who were part of the group that attended the summer school.


“All students saw the police. They were moving in a group and asked some of us to reveal the names of the people displayed in photographs they were brandishing.”
Students interviewed said this happened on the day the college reopened for the second semester in January.


When informed that the college administration had rubbished the reported raid, the students scoffed in disdain and said they were not at all surprised at the news as concealing information was how their administration allegedly operated.
Also interviewed was a member of the CPS who is alleged to have recruited and further led the delegation of students to the meeting held in South Africa.


The CPS national organiser confirmed that his organisation’s members, who are also students at William Pitcher Teachers’ College, attended the summer school in South Africa during the December holidays.

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