Professor Jonathan Moyo, a former Higher Tertiary Education minister has urged South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters not to campaign for cutting ties between South Africa and eSwatini King, Mswati III.
EFF had this Tuesday called upon the South African government to isolate Mswati whom they accused of brutalising the people of eSwatini.The party said:
The EFF stood up in solidarity with the people of eSwatini today. SA government must isolate and close down the diplomatic offices of the king Mswati III in SA as form of protest and demonstration against his order to brutalise and maim the struggling people of eSwatini.
In response, the exiled Political Science Professor said:
Dear @EFFSouthAfrica, On this one Cdes you might have to reconsider your stance or approach because there’s a real risk and possibility that you will find yourselves in bed with Uncle Sam and his well-known snakes in SA, whose agenda in Eswatini is radically different from yours!
King Mswati III, who came to power at the age of 18 in 1986, has ruled Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, for 36 years.
There have been reports of human rights abuses in the country and abuse of national resources while the general populace wallowed in abject poverty.
The government’ inaction or neglect of the citizenry’s grievances triggered the ongoing civil unrest in eSwatini in June 2021 when pro-democratic protests started thereby shaking Africa’s last absolute monarch.