I wrote last week about the protests in Swaziland marking the 40th anniversary of Africa’s longest state of emergency. The Swazi security services sank to a new low, bursting in on a Catholic Church funeral because they suspected it was an illegal protest meeting and only leaving when the coffin actually arrived.
But they also arrested the organiser of one protest meeting, Wonder Mkhonza, Secretary General of the Swaziland Processing Allied Workers Union. His comrades are worried that he hasn’t been seen since he was detained on Friday. They say that the normal reason why lawyers and family members can’t visit people who’ve been seized is because they’re being tortured, and the police don’t want the evidence to be too obvious.
You can take action by signing an online petition to be sent to the Swazi Minister for Foreign Affairs, initiated by the National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa (NUMSA), Wonder’s sister union.