Not In My Name calls for eSwatini High Commission in Pretoria to be shut down

The group held a picket outside the commission in the capital on Wednesday saying the people in the monarchy should get their freedom.

Barricades are seen in a road during a protest in Mbabane, on 21 October 2021. At least 80 people were injured in eSwatini on 20 October 2021, a union leader said, as security forces cracked down on escalating pro-democracy protests in Africa's last absolute monarchy. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The #NotInMyNameMovement is calling for the eSwatini High Commission in Pretoria to be shut down in the wake of pro-democracy protests.

The group held a picket outside the commission in the capital on Wednesday, saying the people in the monarchy should get their freedom.

Scores of people died when the demonstrations started earlier this year when police were roped in to disperse the protests.

The group’s founder and president Siyabulela Jentile said: “We are saying the government of South Africa must close this commission until eSwatini has dealt with the issues that are happening there.”

A SADC envoy has been sent to talk to King Mswati III but there has been no outcome from the talks yet.

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