Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Maxwell Dlamini, the Swazi student leader who has been in jail pending completion of bail hearings following his arrest during the April 12 protests, has been barred from writing his exams in jail.

Maxwell, the president of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), was due to write his first paper today (3 May 2011) and the administration at the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) had agreed to send him the paper and an invigilator, the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) reports.

SSN said in a statement, this action effectively made King Mswati III’s monarchy worse than the South African Apartheid regime which allowed its political prisoners to write their exams in prison.

SSN said, ‘It is clear that the state has no case against him [Maxwell] and only wishes to frustrate him out of sheer vindictiveness.

‘We condemn this very childish act and hope the world will take note and put pressure on the regime to come to its senses.’

Maxwell is due back in court on Friday (6 May 2011) with fellow defendant, the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO) activist Musa Ngubane. Both face charges of possessing illegal explosives.

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