Founding statement of the Communist Party of Swaziland


A major step forward in the history of Swaziland has been made with the establishment of the Communist Party of Swaziland.
     This a historic move that the CPS and its allies feel will contribute greatly to the struggle for freedom by the Swazi people against the monarchic autocracy of Mswati III and the rapacious capitalist system in the country.
     The CPS has been formed by Swazi women and men who have witnessed the systematic persecution of the Swazi population, who are burdened by political and social oppression, as well as enforced mass poverty, the worst HIV-AIDS pandemic in the world, and a horrifically low level of life expectancy.
     We aim to end this murderous degradation of our people, whose labour and capacity are being exploited by the monarchic autocracy and the capitalist system in order to enrich the ruling class.
     Time is running out for the Mswati regime. It can no longer sustain its predatory exploitation of Swaziland’s economy and its people. Only a new order based on a fully democratic dispensation that involves all the Swazi people as equal partners will be able to halt and reverse the ruin imposed on our country.
     We join Swaziland’s mass democratic movement for change and pledge our full support to building that movement, led by PUDEMO and SWYOCO, to bring about a National Democratic Revolution in Swaziland.
     We believe, however, that Swaziland needs a Communist Party in these days of intensified protest against the regime in order to present a socialist alternative and perspective to the Swazi people. The CPS is a Marxist-Leninist party that struggles for socialism.
     We do not want see the monarchic autocracy reformed or dressed in democratic trappings to appease the liberal sensibilities of any interest group or the imperialist international community. We seek a complete end to the autocracy and the establishment of a free, democratic multi-party system. We seek a revolutionary transformation of society that ends poverty, disease, the oppression of women, and the stifling of youth.
     We believe that such a revolution will enable the Swazi people to begin to build a socialist society, in which there is full equality and pervasive democracy.
     The Swazi people face a deep crisis of survival. The CPS will campaign for
• The unbanning of all parties and organisations and the institution of an interim government drawn from all parties, organisations, churches and trade unions that will set about creating the conditions for free and fair democratic elections in Swaziland.
• The ending of the monarchic autocracy and the transfer of much of its wealth to the immediate tasks of fighting disease and the worst aspects of poverty (such as access to water and sanitation); the confiscation of all crown property.
• The dismantling of the hated tinkhundla system.
• The isolation of the Mswati regime by all countries of the international community and the suspension of foreign business activity until the autocracy is dismantled.
• The rights of all workers to organise in trade unions that are in turn empowered to join the political process individually and through their federations.
• Access to land by all who wish to work it under a controlled system of collective rights—in the short term to tackle the severe food scarcity that afflicts 40 per cent of the population.
• An emergency food security strategy, linked to the above demand.
• The creation of radical processes to empower women in society, and to make women’s health a top priority in health care.
• The creation of local workers’ and peasants’ organisations to articulate the needs of the urban and rural poor.
• The creation of an emergency economic, industrial and employment strategy to begin to find a way out of the crisis brought about by the Mswati autocracy and the ruling class.
     These are our immediate demands to address the current situation. They are spelled out in more detail in the CPS’s programme and strategy.
     The CPS is a democratic, non-racist, non-sexist organisation that fights for the interests of the workers and the poor to being about a just society—a socialist society—in Swaziland. The CPS is open to all Swazis who agree with its principles and who adhere to its programme and constitution and are willing to take part in its work.
     The presence of the CPS in Swazi society will provide a decisive impetus for realising the National Democratic Revolution, for ending the oppressive Mswati regime, and for placing Swaziland on course to a better future.

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