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(en) Media lies*: "The Times" of Swaziland: "Zabalaza’s claims of bombing police van"

Date Tue, 17 Jan 2006 16:20:28 +0200

MBABANE—While many might have been forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief
over the arrest of suspects in the cases of spate of petrol bombings, people
will be alarmed to learn that there is an underground political organisation
that claims to be even mightier than PUDEMO or SWAYOCO.
Even more alarmingly, this organisation has sensationally claimed to
have petrol-bombed a police van.
However, the police vehemently denied this last night, saying this was
far from the truth as no police vehicle was ever petrol bombed, and
there are no records of this having happened.
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (ZACF) of Southern
Africa has its headquarters in South Africa and claims to the
international community to be operating in the country.

The formation has a website where it publishes its propaganda.

In some of its writings, the formation appears to claim responsibility
for some of the petrol bombing incidents that have terrorised the
country recently.

Again, this seems to be a smoke screen and the police have denied
knowledge of this.

Just a quick read through the website is enough to tell that the
organization is out to paint a bad picture about Swaziland.

Also shocking in the claims is that they stoned and petrol bombed a
police vehicle in Manzini during a PUDEMO organised demonstration
recently. Such was not observed by the local media.


The party claims that one of its underground operative who was
together with the PUDEMO/SWAYOCO cadres was arrested for this
incident. However, it further claims that he was later released on bail
by the courts.

According to the website, this incident happened in October last year.

“Our organisation together with PUDEMO comrades took control
of a certain territory around Manzini and it is then that an armoured
police “hippo” wandered into comrade controlled territory, was
stoned and petrol bombed,” reads part of the writings on the

The comrade who was arrested is referred to with his code name
“MK” and the party claims that he was arrested together with
seven comrades and charged with ‘disturbing peace’.

On this day, the party claims that it was police who provoked them by
firing the first shot at them. The party claims that comrade MK was
detained at Zakhele detention centre and he was an ill man who was
on medication, which he had to take regularly.

The party claims that MK was not allowed to take his regular

The party also calls itself the ‘Zabalaza Federation’ and it
claims to be in alliance with the country’s banned political
formations in destabilising the country.

It further claims to have participated in various political motivated
activities that have been carried out in the country.


The party claims to have one mission in the country, “we the
ZACF organise in Swaziland and support the pro democracy
movement, but agitate it to go beyond the usual bourgeois betrayal
and involve a destruction of the Swazi capitalist state and its
replacement by decentralised popular assemblies of communities and

The party claims to have members in most parts of the country. In its
mission here, the party claims to have had several of their members
arrested for their involvement in the struggle in the

The party seems to be well organised with lots of links and resources.
It has its own website where its articles celebrating their successes and
failures are published.

The articles on the site are published in various languages, among
which is English, Italian and many others.

The party also claims that, “ZACF has popularised class struggle
ideas among politically conscious youth.
* Note: The false accusation against the ZACF of "petrol-bombing"
a police van is based on their statement which can be read at
http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=1462 . The ZACF
statement in fact makes no claims to having petrol-bombed the
police, which happened in an entirely unrelated context.
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