STUDENTS in Swaziland are aiming to use social media to organise an uprising in the country and overthrow King Mswati.
The Swaziland national union of students (SNUS) has created an event on Facebook for Tuesday, April 12 calling on students to join the revolt.
Another event page on Facebook, formed by the Swaziland Solidarity Network Forum said: “Inspired by the North African uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya plus the collapse of the Swazi economy, the Swazi people will on [April 12] stage the final demonstration against the Swazi monarchy.
“Our demands are that the king must step down from power, abrogate the fraudulent constitution and give power to an elected transition government that will lead the country to its first free multi-party elections A.S.A.P.”
Zandile Mtsweni, chairperson of the Swaziland students association (SSA) at Wits, said her, “society’s constitution does not give a mandate on political participation” but most of the society will not participate in the uprising.
She said: “We were approached by some organising entities for the uprising and members were given a chance to voice their opinions but only 3 responded and the majority, I suppose, have their reservations.”
As of Tuesday morning, the SNUS event on Facebook had 246 out of 1153 people who had confirmed they are going to attend the April 12 uprising.
This number is relatively small in comparison to the numbers of people who joined groups on Facebook for the Egyptian uprising. However, Egypt has a population of 80 million more people than Swaziland, according to the World Bank website.
Mtsweni said there will be a public rally on Sunday, April 10 at the Civic centre at 10am where there “will be over 60 organisations from Swaziland present, some as speakers and others as participants”.
Participation at the rally is also backed by ANC, SACP, Cosatu, Sasco, ANCYL and ANCWL, among others, Mtsweni said.