BCP calls for intervention following Eswatini lawyer murder

Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko was killed in front of his home
Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko was killed in front of his home

Following the murder of human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko, in Eswatini, Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has called for Botswana and Southern African Development Community (SADC) to intervene.

Maseko was murdered in cold blood on Saturday night. “We urge the government of Botswana and SADC to intervene in Eswatini by first, condemning the assassination in strongest terms and by further calling for an immediate inquest on Maseko’s assassination. The Botswana Government must sponsor a move to get Eswatini suspended from SADC until a comprehensive plan to emancipate the people of Eswatini from the diabolic monarchy and accountability on the gruesome murder of Maseko is established,” BCP Publicity Secretary, Dr Mpho Pheko said. The BCP sent its condolences to Maseko’s wife and the rest of the family, “as well as a solidarity message to the people of Eswatini, whose rights are being trampled upon by the evil Monarchy. Maseko devoted his time to defending human rights in a country under the grip of a ruthless monarchy.

The iron-fisted regime once arrested Maseko under questionable circumstances. Allegations that the Monarchy is responsible for Cde. Maseko’s demise are therefore not farfetched.” Maseko led the charge against human rights violations and infringements in Eswatini, from land evictions to minority groups. He unwaveringly represented activists who fought against State repression. He spent a year awaiting trial in prison to assert the importance of judicial independence. He was frequently threatened for his outspokenness against the repression caused by the State and the monarchy. He was the principal applicant and lawyer involved in the setting aside by the High Court some clauses of the infamous Suppression of Terrorism Act and Sedition and Subversive Activities Act in 2016.

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