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Eswatini: ‘Greed’ of King Mswati III ruining prospects for youth, driving conflict

By Carien du Plessis
Posted on Saturday, 3 July 2021 11:54, updated on Monday, 5 July 2021 09:49

Protestors in Eswatini have clashed with the army over the killing of a student (photo/Zambia24)

Eswatini's protests may have been tamped down by the Kingdom's security forces. But a new alignment with South Africa's opposition EFF party suggests the regime is now on a collision course with Eswatini youth.

This week’s violent protests in the Kingdom of Eswatini really had their genesis in the simmering student anger that started weeks ago after the “murder of a student by police in cold blood,” opposition Pudemo’s Sonke Dube says.

The death of Eswatini student Thabani Nkomonye in May spurred fellow young people on to take to the street in protest. It’s believed that Nkomonye died in police custody as a result of brutal treatment, although the police claimed he was in a car accident.

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