A revolution is commonly described in radical African American rhetoric as Complete Constructive Change (CCC). These three words are a radical description of this often misused word. However, their accuracy is undisputed.
Many political movements have used the word revolution in their rhetoric for self serving purposes. This is the reason why the April 12 movement has deliberately avoided use of this now cliché term. It has lost its true meaning in everyday communication.
Without this label of a “revolution” overtly paraded the movement also seeks to remain approachable to those who have come to equate the term with violence.
All this, however, does not in any way suggest that this movement is on a mission to stage a window dressing exercise, or to replace one group of people with another while the current values of the ruling regime remain in place.
The changes that this movement is fighting for should address all the basic inequalities in the Swazi state. These are political, economical and social.
Political inequalities are the reality that people face by having no meaningful participation in the day to day running of their country. The solution to this is therefore not another parliamentary democracy where people’s participation is limited to voting every four years.
The people of Swaziland need to take a drastic step forward by creating the first true participatory democracy in the world. Day to day decision making should not become the preserve of a minority that is elected into office and has lost touch with the people because it owes more to its financiers that to its constituency.
Moreover, the economic gaps cannot be isolated from the political gaps. Economic inequalities invariably follow political inequalities and vice versa. The two are interlinked. It is irrelevant as to which is the cause and which the effect. The point is that they come hand in hand.
An indication of whether or not this change has been initiated will therefore be the economic realities in the country. Beyond all plans and rhetoric, immediately preceding aftermath of the uprising crucial state agencies, such as health and education, should be functioning as usual but given free of charge to everybody.
What cannot be ignored about Swaziland as a country is that its social values are also markedly a reflection of its politico-economic realities. The country is still an absolute monarchy today and the traditional structures and elements of culture that come with that institution are deeply entrenched in the society.
These traditional structures are, by nature, meant to serve the current status quo. These need to be uprooted and replaced by new structures, institutions and values which will be in tune with and serve the new order.
A complete constructive change in the country’s climate is a long process. No society, no matter how small and enthusiastic it is, can achieve that in a day. What is required is therefore the first step towards that long term goal and the abolition of the distractions such the deity that is the monarchy, is an important step.
Once that initial step has been taken, it will be easier to gradually follow the path to a new state.