South African Students Congress

SASCO Statement on the crisis at the University of Swaziland

30 January 2012

The South African Students’ Congress (SASCO) is not surprised at the failure of the Swaziland government to allocate adequate funds to the University of Swaziland. All the regime is concerned with is financing the lavish lifestyle of the King and the royal family.

It is sad that the University cannot not resume teaching and learning because of the mis-management of funds by the Tinkundla Regime. As SASCO we have been calling for Democracy in Swaziland and again this validates our call. Education is a basic right for all human beings and students of Swaziland are no exception.

The children of the Royal family and the political elite do not study at the University of Swaziland, but are sent to other countries including South Africa and are funded by the government, with no hiccups. Working class students continue to suffer from the oppressive regime, their results from last semester have not been released and allowances have not been allocated.

We condemn the continued victimization of student activism and continued arrest of SNUS leadership. We call on the release of the President of SNUS comrade Maxwell Dlamini, and the President of SWAYOCO comrade Bheki Dlamini who are being tortured inside Swazi Prisons.

We call upon the working class of Swaziland to stand up against the royal elite and demand that this university is opened and financed. The crisis in Swaziland will persist so long as there is no democracy. We therefore call for the end to the rule of Makhosative Dlamini and his stooges.

We call upon the South African government and SADC to act decisively on the violation of Human Rights in Swaziland. The Southern African Customs Union funding that is given to Swaziland must be monitored, and directed to the people by putting strict conditions. It is disgusting that the regime will do everything including closing down the only University in Swaziland in order to feed their greed and fund their love for opulence. SADC must call for the unbanning of all political parties in Swaziland and draft an immediate road map to democracy.

As the South African Students’ Congress we are committed to the struggle for democracy in Swaziland and will continue with our solidarity campaigns as part of our International Work. We will continue to put pressure on the ANC led government to cut all ties with the oppressive Tinkundla Regime.

We shall continue to work with Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), SSN, SDC, SWAYOCO and PUDEMO and other progressive forces inside and outside Swaziland towards democracy for the people of Swaziland.

For more information contact

Ngoako Selamolela, SASCO President, 0792976723
Themba Masondo, SASCO Secretary-General, 0791993421