Secretary General of the Swaziland Youth Congress and former President of the Swaziland National Union of Students, Maxwell Dlamini, has been detained, tortured, and forced by Swaziland’s regime to sign a confession that says he was in possession of explosives during the April 12 Swazi Uprising – a movement inspired by similar uprisings in North Africa and The Middle East.
Maxwell Dlamini has since been released on bail due to international pressure from this campaign and others, but was arrested again on charges of sedition for allegedly organising a peaceful rally on April 23 2013. He was also arrested on May 1 2014 and charged with terrorism for criticising the Swazi regime.
Maxwell has been acquitted for the 2011 charges of contravening Swaziland’s Explosives Act. Maxwell Dlamini’s co-accused in the 2011 case, Musa Ngubeni, was found guilty on circumstantial evidence and will appear before the magistrate again on September 10.
Maxwell Dlamini is still charged under section 4 and 11 of the Suppression of Terrorism Act for criticising the Swazi regime on May Day 2014, however, where he could face 15 years in prison if convicted.
He is also charged with sedition and participating in an unlawful activity for allegedly organising and participating in a campaign that advocated the boycott of Swaziland’s 2013 elections, that the Commonwealth Observer Mission referred to as being “not credible”.
We demand that the charges against Maxwell Dlamini, and his fellow accused Musa Ngubeni, are dropped unconditionally and that any and all wrongdoings committed by Swaziland’s police forces and security forces towards Maxwell Dlamini and other members of Swaziland’s democratic movement are investigated, and that any perpetrators are brought before a court of law.
You can also sign the petition to free Maxwell Dlamini and Mario Masuku.