Eswatini political parties express little hope in justice system

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Political parties in Eswatini say they have little hope that the arrested members of parliament, Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube would be granted bail.

This is after the High Court in Mbabane reserved judgment of their bail application.

Mabuza and Dube were arrested and charged with terrorism on Sunday.

They are accused of inciting the pro-democracy violent protests that left properties destroyed and several people dead.

Mabuza is facing additional charges of disobeying coronavirus regulations. He allegedly addressed a gathering at which the lockdown regulations were not followed.

President of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress, Sibongile Mazibuko says they do not trust the Eswatini justice system.

“My take is that the judge is not likely to say what the King does not want to hear. Because as we speak, we have Judge Masuku who is in Namibia because he took a judgment that the King did not want to hear. So, we should not expect much out of this but instead as political parties, we should be going on with protests.”

In the video below, a report on the arrest of the two leaders: