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MBABANE – Government Spokesperson Alpheous Nxumalo has hit back on the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) manifesto resolutions on Eswatini.

Nxumalo said the Kingdom of Eswatini was a sovereign State and it enjoyed territorial integrity. He said the country was not a subsidiary State to any country, neither a 10th province of the country where EFF President, Julius Malema belongs (South Africa). This comes after Malema revealed six resolutions focussed on Eswatini and the Western Sahara. This was revealed during the party’s election manifesto launch held at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban over the weekend.  Malema said the EFF government would encourage and continue to support democratic reforms to increase political representation and participation in Eswatini and encourage and support a transition from an absolute monarchy, to a more inclusive and participatory governance system.

He said the EFF government would facilitate open and inclusive dialogue between the monarchy and various stakeholders, including opposition groups, civil society and youth organisations, to address political and social grievances in Eswatini. Adding, the EFF president stated that they would advocate for the protection of human rights, including freedom of expression and assembly, to create an environment that allowed for constructive political engagement without fear of reprisals. He also reiterated support for the holding of a free, fair and impartial referendum on self-determination for the people of Western Sahara. Malema went on to state that they would continue to advocate for the  Southern African Development Community (SADC)  to declare that King Mswati III, had allegedly committed crime against humanity.

Nxumalo did not let Malema’s statement pass-by as he responded by saying, Malema’s statement remained appalling and unhinged. Nxumalo said this was a textbook example statement of threats to the national security and a bold declaration of the intentions of a possible EFF government’s programme of aggression, not only against the country but also against neighbouring States and the whole of the SADC family.


He explained that the preposterousness of creating the belief, impression and narrative that Eswatini was undemocratic and thus awaiting for organisations such EFF and others to import their super brand of democracy was figment of naysayers. Nxumalo stated that this was just a fertile imagination to ulterior political agendas. “It was just Julius Malema in his usual element of desperate political machinations to appease his salivating and praise singers and sycophant’s friends who formed the political galaxy of his manifesto launch event,” Nxumalo said. He went on to advise Malema and his party and all other political parties in that country’s political landscape, to understand, embrace and appreciate the kingdom’s home-grown democracy.

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