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Swaziland government labels SA as 'immature'

By Sapa | Aug 01, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 160 ]

The Swaziland government has labelled South Africa a "politically immature" state with ignorant MPs, a Sapa correspondent reported on Wednesday.

"Just because South Africa is better at soccer than Swaziland, the neighbouring country cannot dictate how Swaziland should be governed. They are off the mark. What they said lacks truth," Swazi government spokesman Percy Simelane told the Swazi media.

He was reacting to a South African parliamentary debate about Swaziland in May. Swaziland's local media reprinted a question and answer session between South African MPs and international relations officials.

MPs raised concerns over the state of democracy in Swaziland, given King Mswati III's absolute authority. They questioned the banning of political parties opposed to the monarch's rule.

"They didn't do their homework. The Swazi constitution does not specifically ban political parties," Simelane said.

He said South Africa's own parliament did not contain representatives of communities on the ground.

"None of these (MPs) got to parliament through the ballot, but through political parties. The Swaziland government's view is that South Africa's parliament has no right to discuss Swaziland and that only South Africa's president may have discussions with King Mswati."

He said the Swazi government was displeased with the mentioning of King Mswati III's name in the debate. Swazi MPs were forbidden from mentioning his name in parliamentary debates.

"Swaziland has its own leaders and they must be approached with respect. Any country that wants to advise Swaziland must follow United Nations (UN) rules," Simelane said, without explaining which rules he was referring to.

He said only "diplomatic niceties" prevented Swaziland from telling South African voters they should recall their elected officials.

"Had we not known better, we would be asking the South African electorate to correct the mistakes they made during the last election," Simelane said.

Attempts to get comment from South African government spokesman Mac Maharaj were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

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I'm good just failing to understand few things here
What things?

Aug 01, 2013 9:50 | 0 replies

LobinX, methinks mawarawarawarawarawarawara is chin.ese and speaking with his election in hand.

Aug 01, 2013 10:47 | 0 replies


WAIT ! check after 11 tuu my stallion

Aug 01, 2013 10:41 | 0 replies


Onkgela ke dilo tse dilatelago mo go wena self,

1.Onkga ditsebe
2.Onkga Molomo
3.Onkga Makwafa
4.Onkga M'arete
5.Onkga Motete
6.Onkga dikausu
7.Onkga di boots
8.Onkga Maoto
9.Onkga Letlalo
10.Onoba sepsinya sa motho in-fact o Tonki !!!!

Now F**ck off & tsamo hlapa...... Jou moerskont !!!!!!

Aug 01, 2013 10:41 | 0 replies

Thank you Mr Simelane, S.A need to be told. even in S.A we live exactly the same like Swaziland they (ANC) live lavish life and people in remote areas lack water and clinics and all the basic necessities are not there but what they know is C.O.R.R.U.P.T.I,O,N. so to S.A before you point a finger to Swaziland look at urself if you have wiped your back properly.

Aug 01, 2013 10:39 | 0 replies

Ke nkgela ke something * sniffing up and down *.


o nkgela ke mmao jou sh*t

Aug 01, 2013 10:35 | 0 replies

Simelane you are speaking the truth they had no right speaking about Mswati behind his back, he was not there to defend himself don't they have their own problems to talk about. just because you borrowed money from your neighbour that does not mean you invited them to poke their filthy noses in your business, they just apologised to Bob maybe they will apologise to you they alway say something knowing they don't have a back bone. they have their stupid money and infrastructure thank to the apartheid government because if they were on their own they would have fallen a long time ago they are nothing but pathetic hyenas

Aug 01, 2013 10:34 | 0 replies

Seroba..i am waititng

Aug 01, 2013 10:34 | 0 replies

Ke nkgela ke something * sniffing up and down *.

Aug 01, 2013 10:33 | 0 replies

Snowie, honey, don't get your little ZANU/PF embroidered knickers in a twist okay. I have been to Zim on several occasions and my late beloved partner was Zimbabwean, whose children still live in Harare. SO with all your wisdom about the place, you still have not told me when you were ever there, which leads me to conclude that you haven't and that you have no clue of what life on the ground there is like. You are beeing spponfed your garbage by the likes of Malema, whom I wouldn't trust further than I can throw him, and he is FAT, so that's not far. But you may take your arrogant little self straight off to Harare and feel the pinch of starvation for yourself. Bye now.

Aug 01, 2013 10:49 | 0 replies

LobinX, methinks mawarawarawarawarawarawara is chin.ese and speaking with his election in hand.
Not only Chin'ese pronounce 'R' as 'L' and vice versa; Zulus do the same, kikikikikiki. For real.

Aug 01, 2013 10:58 | 0 replies