The Global Week of Action on Swaziland has Taking Off! URGENT SOLIDARITY ACTION REQUIRED

Reports from Swaziland indicate that the levels of mobilisation inside Swaziland this year have reached unprecedented levels. Marches in rural and urban communities have been very well attended, and the reaction of local people has been very supportive. Trade Unions, Civil Society Organisations and Faith Based Organisations have combined to maximum effect and Churches and so far the police and security forces have been forced to allow the people to exercise their democratic rights. As the Global Week of Action gathers momentum, we want to be able to show here in South Africa that our comrades in Swaziland are not alone, but that they have the support of a very wide section of the community. Please respond to the call, and join the protest this Wednesday!

Plan of Action in Swaziland

Attached to this message is a detailed plan of action of activities inside Swaziland and the motivation for what the Global Week of Action is hoping to achieve. Of extra special interest is the Peoples Summit which is taking place on Thursday 6th September in Manzini, and the national march taking place on Friday 7th to the Royal Palace at Ludzidzini

Plan of Action in South Africa

  • There are a range of activities taking place in South Africa, and among the most important is an eventon WEDNESDAY 5th September 11.00am gathering outside COSATU in Braamfontein. We will then move at 12.00 and build a Human Solidarity Chain for Democracy in Swaziland around the perimeter of the Bram Business Park where the Swazi Consulate is housed. Bring your banners! Bring your friends and comrades! For more details contact Stephen Faulkner 082 817 5455 or Philani Ndebele 076 942 3565.
  • On Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September a special meeting of the Human and Trade Union Rights Committee of the InternationalTrade Union Congress-Africa takes place in Joburg and Swaziland will be featuring high on the agenda, If you would like to participate please let us know and we will help with credentials and further details.
  • On Wednesday 5th in Mpumalanga, there will be a picket at the Oshoek Border Gate, organised by the Mpumalanga COSATU Province, and comrades and friends are asked to assemble at 10am sharp. For more details contact the COSATU Provincial Secretary, Comrade Fidel Mlombo, on 082 7195699.
  • Press Briefing: There will be a special Press Briefing on Saturday 8th September which will include a report back from an Eminent Persons Observer Group and others who have participated in events in Swaziland. Details to follow.

For up to date information on what’s happening in Swaziland and in other parts of the world contact.

Mary Pais Da Silva +268 76030076 or Wandile Dludlu +268 76111676