Senior SA officials named in team to visit Eswatini

21 October 2021 - 07:58 By TimesLIVE
Eswatini King Mswati. File photo.
Eswatini King Mswati. File photo.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has named three senior SA officials in the group of special envoys heading to a meeting with Eswatini monarch King Mswati III.

Violent protests in Eswatini have escalated to the point where major towns in the kingdom have shut down and at least 28 people have died as police clash with protesters in some of the worst unrest in the country’s history, according to local media reports.

Ramaphosa, in his capacity as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) organ on defence, politics and security co-operation, appointed the special envoys to assess the situation.

The delegation comprises SA’s:

  • Former justice minister Jeff Radebe;
  • Candith Mashego-Dlamini, deputy minister of international relations and co-operation; and
  • Maropene Ramokgopa, special adviser on international relations to Ramaphosa.

Representatives of Botswana and Namibia will also be assigned to the delegation.

The envoys will be accompanied by Sadc executive secretary Elias Magosi and senior officials of the Sadc secretariat.

The envoys are expected to travel to Eswatini this week.