Swaziland. A chief judge in Swaziland in January
introduced a ban on alcohol after a series of violent
incidents, when drunken youths assaulted older people with
spears. Among other things, a man had been murdered by his
sons. Qomntaba is one of the largest among Swaziland's 385
chief reviews. High unemployment among young people has led
to the abuse of alcohol and drugs, according to the chief's
A study from Columbia University in the US showed that
climate change in southern Africa is leading to the spread
of HIV again. Girls who grow up in severe drought are at
increased risk of leaving school, and in urban areas five
times the risk of selling six. People are driven by drought,
which threatens the progress made in the fight against HIV.
People lose social networks, end up in high-risk sex, become
infected with HIV or stop their HIV treatment. Swaziland
drought-stricken has the highest proportion of HIV-infected
people in the world, over 27% aged 15-49.
The new government that took office after the 2018
elections had several former business leaders as ministers,
which led to a new economic policy. According to Finance
Minister Neal Rijkenberg, Swaziland's economic crisis was
worse than ever before. Foreign investment decreased,
expenditure increased and GDP shrank. This year's budget
meant cuts, even in the monarchy of the single king, which
CountryAAH, public employees demanded salary increases, but according
to Rijkenberg, the country could not afford. The Snat
teacher union planned a strike at the beginning of the year,
but it was banned in court. Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini
threatened with dismissal or soaring fines for strikes.
A new strike was planned for September. Dlamini again
threatened the participants, who demanded compensation of
7.8% for increased prices and accused the government of
wasting tax on the king's luxury life.
The strike went on for over a week before it was stopped
by the court. Kravall police intervene against thousands of
striking protesters in Manzini, the country's economic
center. Many were injured when police used sharp ammunition,
tear gas and rubber bullets. A union leader was shot in the
back, according to the banned opposition party PUDEMO.
In October, police reportedly beat a 17-year-old to death
for causing him to confess to a robbery. It turned out that
the boy did not belong to the gang that carried out the
robbery. Swaziland police have a long history of violence.
In December, police arrested several opposition
politicians and union leaders and seized their phones and
computers. During the year, the government planned for a
solar power plant to reduce the country's dependence on
electricity from South Africa. About 80% of the electricity
is imported from there.