A planned weekend visit by a SADC Troika delegation – consisting of foreign ministers from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe – did not take place. For the initial talks that were held last Sunday 4 July, only hand-picked civil society organisations were invited. Leaders from other NGOs ‘gatecrashed’ the meeting to convince ministers to include them.
Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, chair of the multi-stakeholders coordinating team, said civil society wanted to meet the SADC delegation separately so that they could express themselves freely. He said leaders were “hopeful” that there would be a proper meeting when the delegation returns, reportedly some time this week.
In a letter addressed to SADC executive secretary Stergomena Tax dated 9 July, Maseko accused the Eswatini government of “placing impediments, roadblocks and obstructionist [sic]” between the SADC
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