Thursday, March 22, 2012


Students in Swaziland are to march against the government on 26 March (2012) to protest against cuts in scholarships.

The Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) issued a statement confirming the action was still on after the Swazi Observer, a newspaper in effect owned by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, reported the march was off after an intervention by the kingdom’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Lutfo Dlamini.

Maxwell Dlamini, President of SNUS, in a statement, said 10,000 students would take part in the action to try to force the government to reverse 60 percent cuts in the value of allowances made to first year university students this year; to give scholarships to 700 students admitted last year who did not receive scholarships at all and to increase personal allowances for all students.

He added SNUS was also demanding that government recognise it as a legitimate negotiator for students. Earlier in the week Lutfo Dlamini said he would not talk to the SNUS because it was not registered with the government.

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