ACT NOW: Free Maxwell Dlamini
  • Petitioning The Government of Swaziland

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Office of King Mswati III
The Government of Swaziland
Office of Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini
The Government of Swaziland
Principal Secretary to PM, Ms Sindi Mabuza

ACT NOW: Free Maxwell Dlamini

    1. Africa Contact
    2. Petition by

      Africa Contact

      Copenhagen, Denmark

Secretary General of the Swaziland Youth Congres 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 in 2011 - a movement inspired by similar uprisings in North Africa and The Middle East.

He 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 released on bail again on July 5 2013.

The Free Maxwell Dlamini Campaign, together with the people and organisations that support the campaign - demand that the chages against Maxwell Dlamini are dropped 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.

Read more: http://freemaxwelldlamini.wordpress.com/

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    News

    1. Maxwell gets student activist award

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      Swazi activist and student leader, Maxwell Dlamini, has been given the All-Africa Students' Union's 2013 Student Activist Award, for ”the role he has played in Swazi and African students' movements.”

      Read more here: http://www.afrika.dk/maxwell-gets-student-activist-award

    2. Court case against Swazi activists is a farce

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      The court case of two political activists in the tiny absolute monarchy of Swaziland is getting increasingly farcical. Secretary General of youth league SWAYOCO, Maxwell Dlamini, and political activist Musa Ngubeni were arrested in 2011 on charges of contravening Swaziland's Explosives Act.

      One example of the farcical nature of the case is the alleged “evidence” of the explosives. First, one of the prosecution witnesses, whose testimony had contradicted that of two other witnesses, claimed that the explosives were too dangerous to bring to court. Then suddenly the explosivs had apparently exploded after a South African bomb expert had allegedly tried to assemble it.

      The defense attorney then requested to have the remnants of the alleged explosives presented in court, which the prosecution has failed to do.

      Read more here: http://www.afrika.dk/court-case-against-swazi-activists-farce

    3. Swaziland is deliberately traumatizing political activists such as Maxwell

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      Swaziland's absolute monarchy has a record of harassing, torturing and arbitrarily detaining political activists, and then either leaving them to rot in prison while waiting for the completion of seemingly endless court cases, or releasing them on bail, after which they must endure arduous bail conditions for years on end.

      This harassment is both a way of trying to physically, mentally and financially break the individual activist, and a way to use him or her as an example to other potential activists. “Look what we do to anyone who is bold enough to challenge our power”.

      Read more here: http://www.afrika.dk/swaziland-deliberately-traumatizing-political-activists

    4. Maxwell out on bail ... again

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      Swazi youth leader Maxwell Dlamini was given bail yesterday after a second lengthy detention and several delays in his bail hearing. Maxwell was arrested in April by no less than 23 police officers, charged with sedition and participating in an unlawful activity. His “crime” was to organize and participate in a campaign that advocates the boycott of Swaziland’s sham elections later in the year.

      As is the case with other political prisoners, Maxwell has been ill treated by both the police and by prison officers whilst in custody. According to Maxwell, he has been beaten whilst in prison and in 2011, prior to his ongoing trial where he is charged with offences under the Explosives Act, he was tortured, as both Maxwell and Amnesty International’s 2012 Annual Report have stated.

      Read more here: http://www.afrika.dk/maxwell-out-bail-%E2%80%A6-again, and support Maxwell through the Mandela Foundation: http://www.afrika.dk/mandela-foundation.

    5. Maxwell's released on bail ... agaian

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      According to SWAYOCO and PUDEMO, SWAYOCO Secretary General Maxwell Dlamini has been released on bail. His bail was set at 10,000 Rand during his bail hearing yesterday.

    6. Maxwell's bail hearing continues on 2. July

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      "SWAYOCO secretary General Comrade Maxwell Dlamini appeared before Judge Qinisile Mabuza Yesterday for his bail hearing, the case will continue next week Tuesday 2 July 2013," SWAYOCO said in a statement today.

    7. Maxwell's bail hearing postponed yet again...

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      Update on Release Maxwell Campaign Maxwell's bail hearing started today at the High Court of Swaziland at 8:30am. The case was before Judge Qinisile Mabuza. The defense lawyer laid his arguments before the court and by 9:30, the judge had another case to attend. Therefore, the bail hearing was postponed to next week Tuesday (2. July 2013) at 8:30 am because the prosecutor will not be available tomorrow as he is leaving the country and will only be back on Sunday.

    8. Maxwell new lawyer for bail hearing Friday

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      Maxwell is now being represented by lawyer Leo Gama. His bail hearing is on Friday.

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures
    10. Maxwell in court tomorrow

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      The Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO) would like to inform its membership and all democracy loving people that the Secretary General Comrade Maxwell Dlamini would appear in court for his remand hearing tomorrow.
      Cde Maxwell was arrested after Swayoco's successful national rally on April 19. He was the third to be arrested and charged with sedition after cde Derrick Nkhambule and Mfanawenkhosi Mntjali. As Swayoco we believe Cde Maxwell and others are innocent thus should be released.

      All comrades are called to cram the courtroom tomorrow to support the comrades and uplift their morale in the face of the enemy. The case begins at 9am at the Margistrate Court in Mbabane.

      Lest we forget,Remember Comrade President Bheki Dlamini and his co accused are also still behind bars, we should intensify the Realease Mabhekzo and All political prisoners campaign as we wage this struggle for the Democracy in Swaziland.

      Swayoco Deputy Secretary General Magagula Mpumi +268 76404974 mpumsa@gmail.com

    11. Maxwell's bail hearing postponed

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      "Maxwell's bail hearing did not continue today at the high court due to unknown reasons," according to a source from Swaziland's democratic movement. "SNUS leadership was also turned back when they went to visit him today at Sidwashini Maximum prison because they were wearing t-shirts written 'Free Maxwell and All Political Prisoners'."

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. ANC calls for the release of political prisoners in Swaziland

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      Statement of the ANC National Executive Sub-Committee on International Relations: "The democratization of Swaziland must preoccupy the work of the African National Congress and all progressive forces as we call for the release of political prisoners, return of exiles and free political activities in that country."

      Read the whole statement here: http://www.anc.org.za/show.php?id=10235

    14. Court date moved, rumours of torture

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      Maxwell is due to appear in court on 09 May 2013, according to a source in the democracy movement. "We are told he is being tortured even though they cannot confirm this as he is closely guarded."

    15. Reached 750 signatures
    16. British students call on government to act

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      The National Union of Students (NUS) has written to Mark Simmonds MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, asking him to put pressure on the government of Swaziland to release Maxwell Dlamini.

      NUS is calling on students to sign a petition calling for his release and write to the Swazi Ambassador to the UK and their local MPs, as well as sending messages of solidarity to Maxwell via NUS.

      Dannie Grufferty, NUS Vice-President (Society and Citizenship), said: "Maxwell is an inspiration to many of us in the student movement around the world. Anyone who has encountered Maxwell will now be gravely worried about his well-being. This is not the first time he has been arrested for pursuing legitimate activities that are in opposition to the government and he must be released immediately and all wrongdoings by Swaziland's police and security must be investigated."

      NUS Press Office - 07866 695010 / pressoffice@nus.org.uk

    17. All Africa Student's Union support statement for Maxwell

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      On April 23, 2013 Maxwell Dlamini and many other students/youth leaders were arrested for organizing a rally on April 19, 2013 in Mbabane, Swaziland.
      It is important to recall that throughout history students represented the conscience of their people and no amount of intimidation and violence had deterred them from playing that role. Therefore the Government of Swaziland should rather direct its efforts towards genuine democratization of the political system and the path of democracy in order to ensure the development of their country.
      We call on all democratic forces to intervene in the case of our comrades in Swaziland for their immediate release; We urge specifically the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to intervene in the blatant case of human rights violation and seek the immediate release of these young people.
      AWAAH FRED SECRETARY GENERAL (HEAD OF MISSION) 00233243101626 – secgen@aasuonline.org

    18. Reached 500 signatures
    19. More details about Maxwell's arrest

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      From Source from within Swaziland's democratic movement:
      "The arrest follows a SWAYOCO rally which was held on the 19th of April in Mbabane. Maxwell was called prior to the rally and told to call it off.
      On 23 April at around 10 am when he went for his usual reporting at the police station, he was arrested. At that time they told him that they are arresting him for participating in an unlawful activity. This morning when he appeared before the magistrate, his charge was not read to him because it wasn't ready but he was told to come back on the 2nd of May. He was remanded into custody till that time. He was told to apply for bail at the high court. The charge sheet said he was charged with two counts of sedition."

    20. Maxwell to apply for bail at high court

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      According to a source within the Swazi democratic movement, "Maxwell Dlamini the former president of SNUS has been charged with sedition. He appeared today before the magistrate in Mbabane. He was remanded to custody till May 2 and was told to apply for bail at the high court."

    21. Maxwell arrested again

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      According to a source within the democratic movement, Secretary General of SWAYOCO Maxwell Dlamini and Secretary for International Affairs Sonkhke Dube were arrested this morning. “They have been arrested and are in the custody of the Royal Police. The charges are not clear. Both of them were arrested this morning,” the source says.

      According to PUDEMO, “about 23 Police officers arrested SWAYOCO Secretary for International, Comrade Sonkhe Dube. He was arrested at Matsanjeni. This Government is in a serious mission to silence and send more threats to the entire glorious movement”

      Last time Maxwell Dlamini was arrested he was tortured be Swazi police and put on trial for possession of explosives, a case that has been postponed several times.Africa Contact led a campaign for his release that saw his released on bail.
      http://stiffkitten.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/maxwell-arrested-again/

    22. Reached 250 signatures
    23. Maxwell and Musa on indefinite bail?

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      “We may be acquitted or the government will do as it always does, keep us on indefinite bail,” says president of the Swaziland National Union of Students, Maxwell Dlamini. “We are just hoping that the trial will be over very soon. We are to know the direction it will take after the 16th of May 2012, where the next [court] sitting will be. Until now they haven’t led any evidence that links us to the charges.”

      He and his fellow accused, law graduate and former student leader Musa Ngubeni, are on trial for allegedly being in possession of explosives in connection with last April’s protests against Swaziland’s absolute monarchy on the 38th anniversary of the country’s state of emergency and banning of all political parties.

      Both insist that they are innocent and were tortured by police and told they would be killed for helping to organise the peaceful protest action...

    24. Maxwell: I was tortured

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      In a statement to Africa Contact, Maxwell Dlamini tells of his torture at the hands of Swazi police. Read his story here: http://stiffkitten.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/maxwell-i-was-tortured/

      Maxwell: I was tortured

      "I was tied to a bench with my face looking upwards and they suffocated me with the black plastic bag with a huge police officer on my stomach. They [Swazi police] asked me where the guns were and who was going to come to Swaziland to overthrow the king.

    25. Maxwell has been released on bail! Help us to secure his full release!

      Africa Contact
      Petition Organizer

      Maxwell Dlamini, has been released on bail yesterday. The money for the 50,000 Rand bail (€5000) – the largest bail ever in Swazi legal history –was raised by Maxwell’s father, Nimrod Dlamini, and local and international solidarity movements. Swaziland’s democratic movement still urges potential donors to contribute to the bail of Maxwell Dlamini’s co-accused, Musa Ngubeni, as approximately 15,000 Rand (€1500) is needed to bail him out, as well as to reimburse Maxwell’s father.

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    Reasons for signing

    • kwasi Asiedu LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 26 days ago

      To stamp against dictatorship

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    • MASOTJA SIBANDZE PETERBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      We are free to speak and express our views so why should he be arrested

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    • Jade Foster BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      We as a country have to support democracy and justice and help people who stand by that and are in need of help!

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    • mandi taylor SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I am South African - i feel a strong connection

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    • Maurice Rennie NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      The message it would send to the down trodden masses of swaziland would be immemse

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