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Swaziland might be a worse simulation. The landlocked little kingdom depends on us for virtually everything. Unlike the industry of Zimbabweans, Swaziland has never had an economy to speak of sans South Africa.
So it has always been imperative for us to make sure of stability in Swaziland.
President Jacob Zuma must have been around the globe two-fold trying to resolve problems in foreign lands.
By and large, he has been making the right noises, even telling President Robert Mugabe to embrace his sworn enemies for the sake of Zimbabwe - and South Africa, of course.
But Zuma's silence on Swaziland is not only deafening, it conjures up a worse scenario than Zimbabwe visited on us.
Leaders under house arrest included Musi Mhlanga general secretary of Snat and the secretary of the Labour Coordinating Council which had called for the three days of protest that began on Tuesday April 12.
The date was significant as it marked the 34th anniversary of the day King Sobhuza II -- the father of the present monarch King Mswati III -- had nullified the country's onstitution, banned political parties and declared a state of emergency that persists until today.
There has been no confirmation on the number of unionists detained or arrested on Wednesday, but there are suspicions that they include the Swaziland Democratic Front's Mduduzi Gina and Barnes Dlamini, the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions president among others.
The leader of the banned People's United Democratic Movement, Mario Masuku, has been not been heard from since Tuesday.