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MBABANE - Another documentary about Swaziland has been produced. Entitled ‘The King and the People’, the documentary states that the country needs multiparty democracy. It also makes other allegations which cannot be repeated because of their seditious nature.

The documentary was premiered on September 16 at the Framestore Cinema on Wells Street in London.
Simon Bright, the producer of the documentary,  also made a documentary about the president of Zimbabwe, which was entitled ‘Robert Mugabe … What Happened?’ Bright is said to be from Zimbabwe, but living in exile in London.

The video, The King and the People mentions that the country is the hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS scourge and also alleges that many Swazis live on food aid.
It also talks about the high number of orphans and vulnerable children in the country.
It features clips from strikes, including the Waya Waya which teachers engaged in last year.

It also features the speech made by the King during his coronation and also cultural events, like Umhlanga Ceremony.
The documentary features Sibongile Mazibuko, the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) President and Lomcebo Dlamini from the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations (SCCCO). It also features a comment made by Wandile Dludlu of the Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF).

Mazibuko alleged that Swazi culture was being used to manipulate the unsuspecting population of the country.
On the other hand, Dlamini said you were not going to find multiple bodies dead in the streets.

“Yes it is violent, yes it is brutal, but where the real control is actually exercised is in more subtle ways,” she said on the clip.
Mazibuko said she was interviewed by Bright, and all the statements she made were what she believed in.

She said she believed that the country needed change, but that change should be smooth and accommodative.
She further said she did not support those who were calling for the country to be integrated into South Africa.
“There was nothing blasphemous I said on that clip.

“Yes I believe the country needs to go for multiparty democracy because for example, when I was still a pupil, Imbokodvo fetched us from home to go to school, because they knew another party was ready to take over,” she claimed.


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