Thursday, June 23, 2011

Swaziland asks South Africa for a financial bailout

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 June 2011


Swaziland has asked South Africa for a financial bailout as it risks running out of money.

International Relations and Cooperation head Jerry Matjila says the kingdom needs the money to pay its civil servants.

The South African government is considering the request as the country wants a stable continent, starting with its neighbours.

But the Democratic Alliance says Swaziland needs to first become democratic, respect human rights and allow free political activity.

King Mswati should also end his lavish lifestyle as a pre-condition for aid.

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