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(en) Southern Africa: ALERT! ZACF MEMBER ARRESTED BY "WHITE" SWAZI DICATORSHIP

Date Wed, 05 Oct 2005 18:25:07 +0200


"mk", a member of the zacf's underground structures in swaziland was among
eight swaziland youth congress (swayoco) members arrested by police following a
swayoco demonstration in the city of manzini last saturday (1/10/05). the
swayoco demonstration was to protest against king sobhuza ii's autocratic
decree of 1973 that outlawed all pro-democratic political activity in this,
africa's last remaining "white" (monarchist) dictatorship. today sobhuza's
successor, king mswati iii, presides over one of the world's highest hiv/aids
infection rates, in a country where for people to draw water from a stream
without permission is a crime - while he continues to splurge millions of rands
on a private jet, swan around in a R2-million luxury maybach vehicle and a
string of palaces, and kidnap schoolgirls as his brides.

over the past two years, the zacf has established a presence in swaziland as
the only grassroots revolutionary organisation pushing for the overthrow of the
king and of the british-south african extractive capitalism he supports.
working within and outside of swayoco, the zacf has popularised anarchist class
struggle ideas among politically-conscious youth. countering saturday's swayoco
demonstration in which the zacf particpated, the royal swazi police fired
warning shots and in the resulting chaos, arrested "mk" and seven swayoco
comrades. last month, however, the shoe was on the other foot, when an armoured
police "hippo" that wandered into comrade-controlled territory found itself
stoned and petrol-bombed.

"mk" and his seven comrades have apparently been charged with "disturbing the
peace" - a charge that was of course not levelled at the police who started the
shooting. "mk" was visited in the "zakhele detention centre" in manzini last
night (4/10/05). he is in high spirits, but is an ill man and is not able to
take his regular medication. bail has been set at R1,500 by the state, but
civic organisations are trying to get the bail reduced to R500 - still a huge
sum in this extremely poor southern african country.

MI & MD,
International Secretaries,
Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation,
South Africa & Swaziland

http://www.zabalaza.net/


ZACF
Postnet Suite 153
Private Bag X42
Braamfontein
2017
South Africa

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