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I cant tell you my name

I cant tell you my name

I can’t tell you my name Hi there. I want to start off by telling ...
When superstition and witchcraft control national consciousness expect nothing else but doom

When superstition and witchcraft control national consciousness expect nothing else but doom

It’s July 1931 and the setting is Hlathikhulu Magistrate Court in colonial Swaziland. Standing trial ...
Mandvulo and the deferred Singaporean dream

Mandvulo and the deferred Singaporean dream

Poor Mandvulo Dlamini tatane. What a naïve little Chihuahua of the king. This, ladies and ...
OPEN LETTER TO ALL SWAZIS

OPEN LETTER TO ALL SWAZIS

I am sure by the time you read this letter you have already heard about ...
How S’khanyiso made Mandvulo a lame duck (Part II of III)

How S’khanyiso made Mandvulo a lame duck (Part II of III)

    “Remember, Three things happened or were going to happen in 2008; MTN license ...
We dig deep into the troubled life of Prime Minister Mandvulo Dlamini (Part I of III)

We dig deep into the troubled life of Prime Minister Mandvulo Dlamini (Part I of III)

Two thousand and eight. That’s the year! If you want to be more specific, 21 ...
Quinton and NAPSAWU: A marriage made in hell (Part III)

Quinton and NAPSAWU: A marriage made in hell (Part III)

In the late 80’s, a group of Swazis secretly went on a political mission in ...
The rise and fall of ATUSWA: what went wrong? (Part III)

The rise and fall of ATUSWA: what went wrong? (Part III)

Textile industry If the formation of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) was historic ...
Explaining the disarming ideology of Tinkhundla

Explaining the disarming ideology of Tinkhundla

Tinkhundla is the system of organised royal rule which sustains itself through a series of ...
SWADNU and the battle for the soul of TUCOSWA (Part II)

SWADNU and the battle for the soul of TUCOSWA (Part II)

The biggest challenges facing the public sector unions are best illustrated by the many court ...
TUCOSWA and the battle for the soul of the federation (Part I)

TUCOSWA and the battle for the soul of the federation (Part I)

Endless and costly internal court battles. Backstabbing. Deep seated divisions. Lawsuits. Threats of deaths. Alleged ...
Here is a full list of Jan Sithole and SFTU’s 27 demands

Here is a full list of Jan Sithole and SFTU’s 27 demands

As we continue to celebrate the life of labour union giant, Jan Sithole, we at ...
Farewell to Comrade JJ

Farewell to Comrade JJ

Never has our nation been so devastated and disempowered than when they woke up to ...
A tribute to Jan Sithole

A tribute to Jan Sithole

RememberRemember to call at my graveWhen freedom finallyWalks the landSo that I may riseTo tread ...
Down memory lane: Jan Sithole and the mass stay away of 1996

Down memory lane: Jan Sithole and the mass stay away of 1996

In remembering the fallen giant and towering workers’ leader Ulibambe Lingashoni has gone back to ...
A leaderless struggle: a long walk to freedom

A leaderless struggle: a long walk to freedom

The Swazi struggle has a long and proud history. It dates back to the wars ...
Why does this thing we sometimes call a country even have a standing army if it can’t help Mozambique?

Why does this thing we sometimes call a country even have a standing army if it can’t help Mozambique?

When news broke out that a small insurgent group with links to ISIS had taken ...
POCA and you; everything you wanted to know about the controversial law

POCA and you; everything you wanted to know about the controversial law

Two years ago the King and Parliament enacted the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA) ...
POCA, Cannabis, Bacede and Sfiso: we explain everything

POCA, Cannabis, Bacede and Sfiso: we explain everything

The resemblance is striking. The dramatic turn of events all too familiar. The consequences? Well, ...
Swaziland and the shame of rape

Swaziland and the shame of rape

Sometime in 2005 senior Prince and former Tibiyo Taka Ngwane board member Mbuyisa Dlamini visited ...
No justice for leaders exiled by King Mswati III

No justice for leaders exiled by King Mswati III

Nkenke Samuel Dlamini, 71, changed his name to Sikhulu Mtfuso II in 1982 after rising ...
Sex in Chief Justice Chambers

Sex in Chief Justice Chambers

  On June 21, 2020, the Times of Swaziland reported that the country’s Chief Justice, ...
A Prince David exclusive on the 15 year anniversary of the constitution

A Prince David exclusive on the 15 year anniversary of the constitution

  On the 26th of July this year Swaziland marks exactly 15 years since our ...
Lessons I got working as Leo Gama’s understudy for five years

Lessons I got working as Leo Gama’s understudy for five years

About a year and a half ago the Swazi legal fraternity lost an outstanding lawyer, ...
Analysing the decay and degeneration of Swazi journalism

Analysing the decay and degeneration of Swazi journalism

Eight years ago award winning photographer and Times of Swaziland sports journalist Ntokozo Magongo stood ...
Remembering Philile ‘Dela Kufa’ Masango a year after her tragic death

Remembering Philile ‘Dela Kufa’ Masango a year after her tragic death

As I sit down and finally gather the strength and courage to write this article, ...
COVID-19 and the law (Part II)

COVID-19 and the law (Part II)

  This is the second part of a series of articles on rule of law ...
What is the contribution of the Swazi struggle to resurgent debates on Pan Africanism?

What is the contribution of the Swazi struggle to resurgent debates on Pan Africanism?

The resurgence of debates about Pan Africanism in our continent has aroused questions about the ...
Exposing the legal blunders of the government in its response to COVID-19 (Part 1)

Exposing the legal blunders of the government in its response to COVID-19 (Part 1)

On December 30, 2019 Dr Li Wenliang, a 33 year old Ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central ...
Talking right and walking left: feminist experiences in the progressive movement

Talking right and walking left: feminist experiences in the progressive movement

I have been flooded with nostalgic feelings as I was reading, thinking and refining my ...
Lamenting or Organizing in Swaziland?

Lamenting or Organizing in Swaziland?

 The Kingdom of Swaziland has for a long time now subjected its citizens to grossly ...
In defense of feminism

In defense of feminism

At a time when feminism has gained popularity, especially in mainstream media, we hear a ...
COVID-19 Pandemic in Swaziland and Headless Chickens

COVID-19 Pandemic in Swaziland and Headless Chickens

I have written about my disgust and frustration with the Swaziland government’s handling of the ...
Fiddling while Rome burns: COVID-19 risk and the absence of leadership in Swaziland

Fiddling while Rome burns: COVID-19 risk and the absence of leadership in Swaziland

As of 20 April 2020, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that the global ...
PUDEMO and COVID-19: voices from Australia

PUDEMO and COVID-19: voices from Australia

  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on 2 April 2020, there were 827,4019 confirmed cases ...
COVID-19: WORLD SCARE OR SCAM?

COVID-19: WORLD SCARE OR SCAM?

Coronavirus, otherwise officially known as “COVID-19” was first reported on December 31, 2019 in Mainland ...
Coronavirus? Be Afraid Swaziland, be very afraid!

Coronavirus? Be Afraid Swaziland, be very afraid!

The world closed 2019 on a high. We were all unaware that what seemed like ...
The curious case of an armed struggle and low-intensity war in Swaziland

The curious case of an armed struggle and low-intensity war in Swaziland

On the weekend of November 25, 2006, screaming headlines of a secret guerrilla army being ...
The Dlaminisation of Swaziland: the rotten legacy of King Sobhuza II

The Dlaminisation of Swaziland: the rotten legacy of King Sobhuza II

  Sobhuza started the practice of sending out his sisters to non-Dlamini chiefs. By so ...
Remembering the life and times of Prince Dumisa, the unsung Swazi hero

Remembering the life and times of Prince Dumisa, the unsung Swazi hero

  Prince Clement Dumisa Dlamini was born in Lobamba, Swaziland on 25th December 1936 to ...
The Swazi Struggle in the Post-Cold War Period

The Swazi Struggle in the Post-Cold War Period

It is an open historical fact that most of the well-known national political parties were ...
The silent war: how and why HIV almost wiped out Swaziland

The silent war: how and why HIV almost wiped out Swaziland

Swaziland remains one of the few countries on the African continent not to have faced ...
The political evolution of Sibahle Sinje: what a time to be alive.’

The political evolution of Sibahle Sinje: what a time to be alive.’

In 1988 Zed Books in London published a highly controversial book titled ‘Gatsha Buthelezi: chief ...
‘From one (former) politically ignorant youth to another: let us talk change.’

‘From one (former) politically ignorant youth to another: let us talk change.’

Swazis don’t care how public funds are spent yet they always complain of lack of ...
In defense of the SODV Act

In defense of the SODV Act

Two conflicting narratives have emerged in Swaziland following the enactment of the Sexual offences and ...
‘UNISWA was not and still is not a University but a College.’

‘UNISWA was not and still is not a University but a College.’

Many people have known your work but very few seem to recall your connection to ...
An analysis of the crisis of Swazi football and how government can rescue the sport

An analysis of the crisis of Swazi football and how government can rescue the sport

Society, particularly an unconscientised one, will typically reflect the dominant political hegemony and ideas of ...
51 years of independence: half a century of betrayal

51 years of independence: half a century of betrayal

A few months ago Swaziland celebrated independence. It fell off the radar to many to ...
Mario Masuku: the leadership we never had

Mario Masuku: the leadership we never had

When long-serving PUDEMO President retired after almost two and a half decades of leading the ...
Mario Masuku: The footballing Revolutionary

Mario Masuku: The footballing Revolutionary

The early years Like many young boys his age, Masuku played the only sport on ...
Mario Masuku; the death of a king and the rise of a revolutionary leader

Mario Masuku; the death of a king and the rise of a revolutionary leader

In life we tend to attribute good deeds to people after they have died, but ...
My time serving with Mario Masuku

My time serving with Mario Masuku

Mario Masuku is not an open book as many are fooled to believe. My personal ...
I met the real super Mario

I met the real super Mario

Super Mario Bros. is one of the world’s most popular arcade and computer games – ...
So who is this Mlungisi everyone is talking about?

So who is this Mlungisi everyone is talking about?

When early this month PUDEMO President Mlungisi Makhanya appeared on South African television criticising the ...
The political conditions that gave Swaziland Mario Masuku

The political conditions that gave Swaziland Mario Masuku

  The best way to understand the emergence of Mario Masuku as a leader and ...
How Liqoqo usurped power, contravened culture and made Mswati our king (Part 1)

How Liqoqo usurped power, contravened culture and made Mswati our king (Part 1)

One of the well-researched yet hardly discussed subject in Swaziland is the period after the ...
Liqoqo and the making of a Swazi king (continued)

Liqoqo and the making of a Swazi king (continued)

Richard Levin in his book ‘When the sleeping grass awakens’ suggested that the 1982 constitutional ...
The danger of turning our courts into Hollywood

The danger of turning our courts into Hollywood

The Constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland became law on July 26, 2005.  It is ...
If Swaziland is to achieve gender equality then women must reclaim their Being-ness

If Swaziland is to achieve gender equality then women must reclaim their Being-ness

I took a few weeks ruminating what the struggle for gender equality should look like ...
Civil Society and corruption: a time for self-introspection

Civil Society and corruption: a time for self-introspection

For the past 12 years I have had the privilege of working in civil society ...
How Ordinary Swazis helped ANC during Apartheid

How Ordinary Swazis helped ANC during Apartheid

The contribution of the then Front Line States in the liberation struggle in South Africa ...
A call to rebuild the dwindling power of students

A call to rebuild the dwindling power of students

October is an important month in the academic life of Swazis. This is mostly because ...
In the fight against women abuse who hears women of the royal family scream‘#MeToo’?

In the fight against women abuse who hears women of the royal family scream‘#MeToo’?

A year ago the eighth wife of King Mswati III died. Her death was ascribed ...
Analysis of the birth of Tinkhundla as a system of political control

Analysis of the birth of Tinkhundla as a system of political control

The word inkhundla (singular) denotes a venue or place where public meetings or events take ...
The good, the bad and the ugly about the EU in Swaziland

The good, the bad and the ugly about the EU in Swaziland

In the early 1960s the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) built Mhlume Sugar Mill and guaranteed ...
‘Tracing the roots of the economic collapse’

‘Tracing the roots of the economic collapse’

The Swazi economy is facing a deep-seated structural crisis. This crisis negatively impacts workers, communities, ...
Will Cyril Ramaphosa’s new dawn extend to Swaziland?

Will Cyril Ramaphosa’s new dawn extend to Swaziland?

If the popular narrative is anything to go by, then South Africa is on the ...
Why has the Swazi struggle not reached it’s full potential?

Why has the Swazi struggle not reached it’s full potential?

An honest analysis of the state of the progressive movement in Swaziland has to first ...
Sipho Shongwe and the murder of Victor Gamedze

Sipho Shongwe and the murder of Victor Gamedze

In the Wretched of the Earth (1961), Frantz Fanon famously acknowledged that though gangs were ...