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Save the Children says children have a right to freedom of expression.

Sunday, 10th October, 2021

PIGG'S PEAK: Thabo Magagula, the Child Protection Officer at  Save the Children said every child had a right to express their opinion.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, the Child Protection Officer said this was provided for in Section 12 of the Swaziland Children Protection Act of 2012.

"Every child has a right to express  his or her opinion freely and to have that opinion  taken into account in any matter or procedure  affecting  the child”, he said.

This comes after the Eswatini government unleashed soldiers and police to terrorize  students who are protesting across the country demanding democratic reforms.

Reached for comments Nombulelo Motsa, the President of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Eswatini (EFFSWA) said  police were terrorizing children in schools targeting those that aligned themselves with political parties.

 "Police should stay away from schools,only teachers and students should be in school", said the EFFSWA President.

Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa is facing growing calls for democratic reforms, students across the country are boycotting classes demanding for the release of pro-democracy MPs in Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube.

Save the Children says children have a right to freedom of expression.
Protesting children