PRETORIA:The United Eswatini Diaspora(UED) in collaboration with political parties in eSwatini and other international solidarity partners marched to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation(DIRCO) demanding the arrest of alleged South African mercenaries.
Arno Pienaar was allegedly contracted by Mswati to kill political activists who are critical of his regime.
“ It has come to our attention that there are South African citizens who may be providing mercenary or military services to the King of Eswatini and his government.Unfortunately, as expected of all mercenary activities,innocent people are being killed in Eswatini.We hereby bring to the attention of the SA government, the Mercenaries Act 27 of 2006.This act prohibits mercenary activities by South African citizens,”reads part of the memorandum delivered to the Department of International Relations and Corporation(DIRCO) on Friday.
It has been reported that as the international pressure intensifies, Mswati granted his mercenary eSwatini Citizenship.
Bongnkosi IB Dlamini was among the protestors.