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Zimbabwe stands in solidarity with the people of Swaziland
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
On this day,
the 12th of April (the fateful day 12 April 1973 when the Swazi
Monarch outlawed the independence constitution and free political
activity) for the people of Swaziland the National Constitutional
Assembly (NCA) Zimbabwe expresses it support and solidarity to the
people of Swaziland who are protesting against authoritarian rule
of King Mswati II.
are historic that the 12th of of 1973 is the year which then ruler
King Sobhuza 11 declared a decree that gave supreme power to the
king with all legislative, executive , judicial power all vested
into the King. The decree also banned political parties, trade unions,
students, youth, women organisations and peaceful demonstrations.
As the NCA,
we are disturbed by the violent crackdown and arrests of unarmed
innocent students, workers and the poor working class of Swaziland
by the Mswati regime. We condemn the arrests and detention of the
50 protesters including seven labour leaders.
We call upon
King Mswati to stop using violence against civilians and step down
immediately as demanded by the people to allow the people of Swaziland
to elect a leadership of their choice through a democratic constitution
that respects the wishes of the people.
We salute the
revolutionary stance taken by the Swazi people and urge them to
remain united and intensify the campaign until the dictator is gone.
The 10th of
April 2011 marked the eighteenth anniversary of the murder of Tembisile
Chris Hani on 10 April 1993.
Chris Hani was
assassinated on 10 April 1993 outside his home in Dawn Park, a racially-mixed
suburb of Boksburg. He was accosted by a Polish far-right immigrant
named Janusz Walus, who shot him in the head as he stepped out of
He was born
in the rural village of Sabalele, in the Cofimvaba region of the
former Transkei. The NCA joins the SACP, the ANC and South Africans
in general in remembering and celebrating the life of a fearless
revolutionary who fought against imperialism and apartheid.
the role he played in Zimbabwe's liberation struggle when
he joined the war acting as a Political Commissar in the Zimbabwe
People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA). ZIPRA, under the command of
Joshua Nkomo, operated out of Zambia.
He was present
for three battles during the 'Wankie Campaign' (fought in the Wankie
Game Reserve against Rhodesian forces) as part of the Luthuli Detachment
of combined ANC and Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) forces.
In early 1967
Hani narrowly escaped into Botswana, only to be arrested and detained
in prison for two years for weapons possession. Hani returned to
Zambia at the end of 1968 to continue his work with ZIPRA. His imprisonment
left him critical of the failure of the ANC leadership to assist
him whilst he was in prison and he demanded a conference of all
ANC members in exile.
Chris Hani was
murdered, a few days after African National Congress (ANC) leader
Nelson Mandela and South African president F. W. de Klerk had reached
a broad agreement on the constitutional future of that bitterly
We remain inspired
by the path walked by Chris Hani, the struggle for social justice,
his quest for a new democratic constitution that promotes, unity
and equal distribution of resources.
Meanwhile.... the NCA also takes this opportunity to remember the
life of one of the greatest musicians ever to emerge from this land,
the late Leonard Musorowenyoka Dembo, who through his music managed
to unite the people of Zimbabwe from all walks of life.
One of his
great compositions 'Chitekete,' was named the song of
the century and is the only Zimbabwean song ever to be played at
the Miss World modelling pageant, it was played in Namibia in 1996.
He remains an
inspiration to the emerging generation of musicians who play the
Sungura music genre. A great composer and lead guitar player, Leonard
Dembo died on the 9th of April 1996.
May his soul
rest in eternal peace and may his music continue inspire this great
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