MBABANE: Kenneth Kunene, the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) has called upon the South African Government to openly advocate for multi-party democracy in the Kingdom of eSwatini.
Speaking during the 4thSpecial National Congress of the South African Communist Party (SACP) held at Ekurhuleni Destiny Convention Centre in Gauteng, the Secretary General expressed concern regarding the support given to eSwatini’s absolute Monarch King Mswati by the previous administration of the South African government, he said this was a great hindrance to the freedom of the Swazi people.
“The support given to the absolute monarch in Swaziland from the South African government more openly under the previous administration did hinder the march to democracy and freedom for our people. We call upon the current government in South Africa to change course and openly advocate for democratic change in Swaziland. We are lobbying for this, including through SADC,” he said.
Kunene said as the CPS, they extend unwavering solidarity and support to the South African Communist Party (SACP) on the important occasion of the 4th Special National Congress adding that the fortunes of the National Democratic Revolution (NDR) in South Africa were closely tied to their own as the Communist Party of Swaziland.
“The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) extends its unwavering solidarity and support to the South African Communist Party (SACP) on this important occasion of the SACP’s 4th Special National Congress. The fortunes of the National Democratic Revolution (NDR) in South Africa are closely tied to our own fortunes as the Communist Party of Swaziland, and your efforts to boost the Alliance and put South Africa on a firmer path to socialism are crucial to the success of our own struggle for democracy and against the dictatorial absolute monarch in Swaziland,” he said.
The Secretary General said they take great inspiration from the SACP for the vanguard role it has and continues to play in fighting against corruption and state capture in South Africa.
“This provides important lessons for our own struggle, because apart from having a corrupt monarchic autocracy, Swaziland is a looter’s paradise. Our struggle is not only to achieve freedom and democracy but to put an end to the culture of corruption which pervades our country,” said the CPS Secretary General.
CPS Secretary General Kenneth Kunene