Botswana issues travel warning over South Africa violence, eSwatini

Botswana issues travel warning over South Africa violence, eSwatini

The government of Botswana issued a travel advisory for South Africa on Tuesday because of violent protests that followed former president Jacob Zuma’s surrender to authorities and subsequent imprisonment. Zuma, long entangled by corruption inquiries and investigations, was sentenced last week to 15 months on contempt of court charges for…

eSwatini denies Mswati departure, imposes curfew amid protests

eSwatini denies Mswati departure, imposes curfew amid protests

The southern African nation of eSwatini has denied reports that its controversial monarch, King Mswati III, has left the country as protesters demand pro-democracy government reforms. In a statement issued Tuesday, Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku said the king “is in the country and continues to lead” while citing false…

Police round up opposition leaders in eSwatini

In eSwatini, prominent human rights defender Thulani Maseko confirmed Friday that leaders associated with the political opposition party People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) were taken to police headquarters in the Mbabane capital. He was one of a number of activists in the former Swaziland to condemn the action, which they…

High court in eSwatini rules in favor of married women’s rights

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre is celebrating a significant victory for married women in eSwatini, after the country’s high court ruled Friday that the existing common-law doctrine discriminates against women and denies their constitutional rights to equality. “Marital power refers to the archaic common law doctrine that a husband has…

King Mswati invites public input on eSwatini’s new PM

The Kingdom of eSwatini was abuzz Thursday as King Mswati III departed from historical precedent – at least on paper – and invited the southern African monarchy’s citizens to help choose a new prime minister. The king began a traditional “people’s parliament” known as Sibaya, held at the Ludzidzini Royal…

Amnesty report looks at forced evictions in eSwatini

A new report from the Amnesty International NGO focuses on forced evictions in eSwatini, where hundreds of people have been left homeless by land policies controlled by Swazi elites. The report looks at two cases that capture the impacts of eSwatini’s land governance system, which keeps most land held in…