18 Oct 2011

Swaziland: drivers strike for arrested colleague

Swaziland, Southern Africa
Bus drivers in Manzini and Mbabane struck on Monday. This followed the arrest of one of their colleagues, Ncamiso Nkwanyana, who was later fined E5,000. He is still in custody.
According to Sabelo Dlamini, secretary general of the Swaziland Local Kombi Transport Association, the driver was charged with two counts – failure to issue passengers with tickets and the obstruction of a traffic police officer in the execution of his duties. Dlamini said this was not received well by the rest of the public transport workers.
The strike follows a demonstration by drivers at the end of September. 
That chaotic protest was staged first at the Manzini Bus Rank and then Mbabane Bus Rank, and was characterised by tumult in the streets that partially brought the cities to a standstill. The main cause for it was the arrest and E6,000 fine of two public transport workers. The money was paid by the kombi association which also convinced workers to call off the strike.

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