A major step forward in the history of Swaziland has been made with
the establishment of the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS).
This an historic move that the CPS and its allies feel will contribute
greatly to the struggle for freedom by the Swazi people against the
monarchic autocracy of Mswati III and the rapacious capitalist system
in the country.
The CPS has been formed by Swazi women and men who have witnessed the
systematic persecution of the Swazi population, who are burdened by
political and social oppression, as well as enforced mass poverty, the
worst HIV-AIDS pandemic in the world and a horrifically low level of
We aim to end this murderous degradation of our people, whose labour
and capacity are being exploited by the monarchic autocracy and the
capitalist system in order to enrich the ruling class.
Time is running out for the Mswati regime. It can no longer sustain
its predatory exploitation of Swaziland’s economy and its people. Only
a new order based on a fully democratic dispensation that involves all
of the Swazi people as equal partners will be able to halt and reverse
the ruin imposed on our country.
We join Swaziland’s mass democratic movement for change, and pledge
our full support to building that movement, led by PUDEMO and SWYOCO,
to being about a National Democratic Revolution in Swaziland.
We believe, however, that Swaziland needs a Communist Party in these
days of intensified protest against the regime in order to present a
socialist alternative and perspective to the Swazi people. The CPS is
a Marxist-Leninist party that struggles for socialism.
We do not want see the monarchic autocracy reformed or dressed in
democratic trappings to appease the liberal sensibilities of any
interest group or the imperialist international community.
We seek a complete end to the autocracy and the establishment of a
free, democratic multi-party system. We seek a revolutionary
transformation to society that ends poverty, disease, the oppression
of women, and the stifling of the youth.
We believe that such a revolution will enable the Swazi people to
begin to build a socialist society, in which there is full equality
and pervasive democracy.
The Swazi people face a deep crisis of survival. The CPS will campaign for
• The unbanning of all parties and organisations, and institution of
an interim government drawn from all parties, organisations, churches
and trade unions that will set about creating the conditions for free
and fair democratic elections in Swaziland.
• The ending of the monarchic autocracy and the transfer of much of
its wealth to the immediate tasks of fighting disease and the worst
aspects of poverty (such as access to water and sanitation); the
confiscation of all crown property
• The dismantling of the hated tinkhundla system
• The isolation of the Mswati regime by all countries of the
international community and the suspension of foreign business
activity until the autocracy is dismantled
• The rights of all workers to organise into trade unions, that are in
turn empowered to join the political process individually and through
• Access to land by all who wish to work it under a controlled system
of collective rights – in the short term to tackle the severe food
scarcity that afflicts 40% of the population
• An emergency food security strategy, linked to the above demand
• The creation of radical processes to empower women in society, and
to make women’s health a top priority in health care
• The creation of local workers and peasants organisations to
articulate the needs of the urban and rural poor
• The creation of an emergency economic, industrial and employment
strategy to begin to find a way out of the crisis brought about by the
Mswati autocracy and the ruling class.
These are our immediate demands to address the current situation. They
are spelled out in more detail in the CPS’s programme and strategy.
The CPS is a democratic, non-racist, non-sexist organisation that
fights for the interests of the workers and the poor to being about a
just society – a socialist society – in Swaziland. The CPS is open to
all Swazi’s who agree with its principles and who adhere to its
programme, constitution and are willing to take part in its work.
The presence of the CPS Swazi society will provide a decisive impetus
for realising the National Democratic Revolution, for ending the
oppressive Msawti regime and for placing Swaziland on course to a
SEE ALSO STRATEGIC PROGRAMME OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF SWAZILAND AT