The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) has received information that the royal Swaziland police today (12 November 2018) arbitrarily detained the Branch Chairperson of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), Comrade Mxolisi Motsa.
He was detained immediately after being served with a suspension letter by the management of LUCT, together with six other students who had been suspended for partaking in student struggles, a matter which the Communist Party will be pursuing further.
Comrade Mxolisi Motsa was detained together with another student activist, Comrade Bhekumuzi Mkhwanazi who graduated on Friday, 9 November 2018. Comrade Bhekumuzi is a former Branch Secretary of SNUS at LUCT. He had gone to submit his graduation gown to the university when he found the students who have been suspended by LUCT administration kicked out of the exam room and provided practical solidarity to them. It was then that he was detained together with comrade Mxolisi by the notorious royal police.
Both the young activists were detained for about three hours and released after intense insults and intimidation by the police.
The Communist Party of Swaziland condemns these attacks on students. We will continue to work with students and support them in their respective struggles across all institutions, including providing practical solidarity to the Swaziland National Union of Students. We will also be working to find ways of helping the students who were kicked out of the examination room and arbitrarily suspended by the LUCT administration.
Source: Communist Party of Swaziland / RedGlobe