Our revolutionary movement was yesterday afternoon greeted by the news of the South African government’s treacherous decision to give the Swazi government a loan amounting to R2.4 Billion.
While we expected this to happen, we were hoping that attached to this fiscal aid would be a clear programme towards the democratisation of our country and the end of human rights abuses.
None of this was forthcoming from the South African government, however, which seemed to be more interested in securing some kind of political leverage from the tiny state than bargaining on behalf of our people or even receiving guarantees that the loan can be repaid in the stipulated time period.
All this therefore leaves us with more questions than answers. The key question being: “What is South Africa’s real intention behind giving this loan to a money sink?” We do not want the reasons that they give but rather the real reason.
Some may be quick to point out that South Africa does not want to see a flood of immigrant coming to its shores, which would be a simplistic point of view. It should not be forgotten that South Africa lobbied for the review of SACU’s revenue sharing formula.
Surely, if they were genuinely concerned with Swaziland’s economic status, they would have started by prolonging the process of the review until the country showed recovery from its negative economic growth.
The hard and biter pillow to swallow is that South Africa has not given his loan to Swaziland out of benevolence or an attempt to stave off an influx of illegal immigrants. This is the reason why we as a movement need to study the loan agreement and understand the legal jargon that comes with it. We must probe these “conditions” and uncover what they truly mean.
An old cliché states that the affairs of small states are rarely ever independent of their bigger and more prosperous neighbours. This is as true of the current state of affairs in Swaziland as it was during the times of Apartheid.
Regardless of its lip service to the notion or national sovereignty, South Africa will act in its self interests where Swaziland is concerned, regardless of what the long term effects of this may be to the tiny state. And this we must avoid by careful study and understanding the larger nation’s long terms strategy within the region.
The days of slogans such as our “Shisa mlilo” are still here but concrete scholarship must now take centre stage. Let us make it our assignment to ask around, read and understand what that imbecile of a king has gotten us into, remembering that he carries the genes of Mbandzeni, who sold a major portion of Swaziland to Boers. Or does he? Only his mother knows but an imbecile he is nonetheless.