Maseko murder: A fresh low for Eswatini

Departed: Maseko was gunned down in his home last Saturday, while watching TV with his wife and child. The assailants reportedly shot him through his window before fleeing PIC: ISHR.CH.COM
Departed: Maseko was gunned down in his home last Saturday, while watching TV with his wife and child. The assailants reportedly shot him through his window before fleeing PIC: ISHR.CH.COM

The recent murder of Eswatini pro-democracy activist and prominent attorney, Thulani Maseko, has been sharply condemned globally, with the US government, African Union, SADC as well as local voices shocked by the bold assassination. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports on the new dark turn in the kingdom

“Greetings of the New Year my bro. Pls don’t forget us in Swaziland!”

I received this message from Thulani Maseko last January, my final communication with him. At the time, Eswatini was still simmering from yet another outbreak of unrest from months before, with activists’ push for pro-democracy reforms met by violent state-led repression and mounting reports of atrocities.

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