The Ngwane National Liberatory Congress says it believes that the engagements between the Troika delegation which was led by Jeff Radebe with the government of Eswatini are a sign in the right direction towards peace and stability in Eswatini.

Reports suggest that at least 28 people have lost their lives as the unrest continues. It is alleged that police and soldiers are roaming the streets unleashing live ammunition across the tiny Kingdom.

The delegation has engaged with the King and his government to find peace.

President of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress Sibongile Mazibuko hopes that the King will adhere to the proposal from the delegation.

“Even though SADC has been negligent in our case for a long time, they came for a fact-finding mission and they combined a report which was handed over to the King and we have never seen it with our naked eye, we do not know whether our issues have been addressed. So this is how we feel that SADC has let us down but when President Ramaphosa says now that he has taken over we do feel that a spark of hope is coming to us.”

Protests banned

Meanwhile, Eswatini has banned all protests to try to end pro-democracy demonstrations that have in recent weeks shaken the Kingdom formerly known as Swaziland.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Prince Simelane on Friday told a news conference in the capital, Mbabane, that following the ongoing tensions the government had decided not to issue permits to protesters.

Amnesty International South Africa’s Executive Director Shenilla Mohamed speaks on developments at Eswatini