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Cosatu plans blockade at Swazi border – News – Mail & Guardian Online

Cosatu plans blockade at Swazi border – News – Mail & Guardian Online. As I posted earlier, South Africa’s major labor confederation (COSATU) is applying increasing pressure on the Swazi King, in solidarity with domestic protesters who have been stepping up their own challenges to the monarchy. Echoing the slogans of the anti-apartheid movement, COSATU representatives say they aim to make the country “ungovernable.” However, they have retreated on plans to go inside the country, and instead will lead a border protest, which aims to have economic impact. Again, Swaziland is the continent’s last absolute monarchy, and it’s not difficult to imagine pressure escalating in the weeks and months to come for some type of major change. If South Africa can help negotiate the end to the Mugabe and Mswati dictatorships, it would certainly put some shine back on what has been a very lackluster foreign policy in recent years.

About Evan Lieberman

I am a Professor of Political Science at MIT, and I conduct research, write, and teach about development, ethnic politics, and research methods.

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