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Cosatu calls for Swazi sanctions

Cosatu says the South African government needs to ensure that Swaziland becomes a democratic state.

File photo of King Mswati III with President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday called on government to apply more pressure on Swaziland.

Cosatu Deputy President Zingiswa Losi welcomed government's condition that South Africa will only grant the R2.4 billion bailout if genuine democratic reforms take place in the tiny African kingdom.

King Mswati III enforced a crackdown on opposition groups campaigning for a multi-party state.

Several cases of police brutality were also recorded.

Losi said further economic sanctions need to be imposed to speed up the transformation process.

She said several of South Africa's big corporations continue to do business with Mswati, which only serves to sustain his lavish lifestyle and fund suppression.

Losi claims the king takes 10 percent of the profit made by all business in the country.

Cosatu called on officials to recognise the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (Tucoswa), saying the king cannot justify banning it in the first place.