Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

MBABANE - Irreconcilable and personal reasons have resulted in Cebile Shongwe, popularly known as ‘Cece’, to withdraw her membership from PUDEMO.

The People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) is one of the proscribed entities in the country. The former police officer, who left the country at the height of the political unrest, withdrew her membership from PUDEMO through a correspondence she issued yesterday. The correspondence in which ‘Cece’ announced her decision was forwarded to the party’s Johannesburg Secretary, Njabulo Nkwanyana. The letter is titled “Withdrawal of my membership from PUDEMO.”


“The above subject refers. On condition of personal and irreconcilable reasons, I hereby notify you of my withdrawal from the People’s Democratic Movement with immediate effect,” reads part of ‘Cece’s letter of withdrawal. In the letter, she did not detail the reasons for her withdrawal, save to state that it was on condition of ‘personal and irreconcilable reasons’.
In conclusion she said: “Thank you for office’s courtesy while a member. Yours is the struggle Cebile Cece Shongwe (sic).” When attempts to reach her were made, she said she did not wish to comment for now, save for what she penned in the letter.


Sought for comment, PUDEMO Secretary General Panuel Malinga said the organisation had branches to which the members reported. He said so far, nothing had been reported to them by the branch, hence he could not be in a position to comment. Meanwhile, on social media, ‘Cece’ has been criticising certain elements within the pro-democracy movement, mainly one of the members, whom she accused of having published sensitive stories while she was in the country. After the publication of these stories, she said she felt unsafe, resulting in her migration to South Africa.

She said she hurriedly left Eswatini before she could apply for an international passport. She said she was disappointed, because the member did not give her a meagre E400 on her low days, despite the huge role she had been playing in sharing crucial information with him. ‘Cece’ complained about the treatment she had been receiving of late. She said there were ‘comrades’ who had stopped assisting her pay rent. At some point, she warned her followers to run away, very fast, from a person who called himself an investigative journalist. She also complained about womanising ‘comrades’. The former police officer said these people were not concerned about the struggle for political reforms, as their concentrations were on women and wine.


Alpheous Nxumalo, the Government Press Secretary, was recently quoted, having said government’s doors were open to engage emaSwati in exile, in talks about forgiveness. He stated that forgiveness would always go via the path of accountability. Nxumalo said repenting emaSwati wishing to return home should be ready to be subjected to a process of full disclosure regarding atrocities committed against their fellow countrymen. These include members of the security forces, who were gunned down in cold blood in broad daylight. After they had been subjected to a full disclosure, he said they could be considered for immunity for their heinous crimes. The spokesperson said Eswatini was a State that was committed to justice and the rule of law. “There are no shortcuts to liberation and forgiveness,” he said.

Comments (0 posted):

Post your comment comment

Please enter the code you see in the image: