The Communist Party of Swaziland has called on the South African government and the International Community to condemn the actions of dictatorship and impose sanctions against King Mswati III.
The party accuses the royal family of living an extravagant life at the expense of public servants. Teachers in the southern African country have been striking for five weeks.
Party secretary Kenneth Kunene says: ''The masses and workers have demonstrated the willingness and desire to say no it is time that Swazi must be free. Their children are studying in South Africa, are having businesses in South Africa and they are also seeking medical treatment in South Africa at the expense of the oppressed workers in Swaziland. We feel that it is now time South Africa and the whole world must demonstrate some support to the Swazi people by removing them from the benefits that South Africa provides, because they are making their families far much better off than the rest of the Swazi people. So they can continuously dominate them.''
Swaziland, Africa’s last monarchy has a population of around 1.4 million people is ruled by King Mswati III.
Meanwhile, striking teachers affiliated to the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), have now started a complete stay-away. They have been turning up for work but have refrained from teaching. Teachers are demanding a 4.5% salary increment, but the government says it cannot afford it.
SNAT President, Sibongile Mazibuko says they will be meeting with government again tomorrow.