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eSwatini reports shortage of fuel

RUNNING EMPTY: Fuel retailers in the Kingdom of eSwatini say the recent unrests in Africa's only absolute monarchy and the bellowing unrest in South Africa are leading to chronic fuel shortages in the country. PICTURE BY Times of Swaziland

A SADC task team is currently in the country to ascertain the impact the protests have had on citizens.

The residents of eSwatini have raised concerns over the queuing for fuel.

The kingdom was recently rocked by pro-democracy violent protests. Moreover, pro-Zuma protests in South Africa are said to be making the situation worse.

Former senator in eSwatini, Walter Bennet, is quoted on the SABC saying they hope the South African issue is “resolved to everybody’s satisfaction”.

“In my country, we have queues for fuel and everything, we have just heard that in South Africa one of the refineries has now been closed,” Bennet said. 

Two weeks ago a SADC task team caused an outcry when it visited eSwatini but failed to meet with the leaders of the opposition parties.

The second visit starts today 15 to 22 July 2021 and it’s expected that this time the task team will meet with politicians opposed to King Mswati’s regime.

(edited by MLM)

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