Cosatu joins Swazi protests

UPROAR: About 100 Swaziland democracy activists protested outside Parliament yesterday against the R2,4billion 'bailout' loan granted by the South African government to the Swazi government last month. PHOTO: ANNA MAJAVU
UPROAR: About 100 Swaziland democracy activists protested outside Parliament yesterday against the R2,4billion 'bailout' loan granted by the South African government to the Swazi government last month. PHOTO: ANNA MAJAVU

THE Congress of SA Trade Unions has sent a delegation to Swaziland to take part in a week of pro-democracy protests.

International relations secretary Bongani Masuku said yesterday that 45 people from Cosatu, its affiliates and civil society organisations had joined the protests.

They were doing so under the leadership of Cosatu deputy president Zingiswa Losi.

"It is about taking solidarity to another level and ... boosting the confidence of the fighting masses."

Masuku said Cosatu had done the same in Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

Cosatu affiliate Numsa congratulated Swazi workers for their protest against the "unwanted regime" and condemned the arrest, torture and murder of activists.

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