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PUDEMO President: Eswatini has lost a statesman in Boy ‘Phathaphatha’ Magagula

Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020

MBABANE: The People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) has described the late teacher Boy Magagula who died of COVID-19 this week as a statesman that envisaged a better Swaziland for all.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, Mlungisi Makhanya, the President of PUDEMO described Magagula as a people’s person. 

“We are shuttered by the passing away of one of the finest comrades to ever emerge from Swaziland. We want to extend condolences to his family, the community of KaLamgabhi Etiyeni, to the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) and all those who knew this great leader. Comrade Phathaphatha was a skilled, experienced and dedicated leader who wanted a better Swaziland for all. He still had a lot to offer,” said Makhanya.

Reached for comment by this publication, Mbongwa Dlamini, the President of Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) said authorities of the country are to blame for his demise.

“As an organisation, we want to send our heartfelt condolences to his family and the SNAT family. It is very sad to see one of us dying of COVID-19. We warned the Ministry of Education, but government is hell bent to kill our members. We have seen the Principal Secretary’s comment about the passing of Magagula. Bertram Stewart arrogantly told the nation that he is not a nurse, today he has the audacity to say Magagula has been sick and away from work which is a lie. The appointing powers are deliberately turning a blind eye when Stewart makes dangerous statements,” Dlamini said.

PUDEMO President: Eswatini  has lost a statesman in Boy ‘Phathaphatha’ Magagula
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