By: Poelano Malema
#EswatiniProtests and Swaziland have been trending for the past few days on Twitter.
Scores of people in Swaziland are fighting for their democracy and want King Mswati III to step down.
Amanda Du-Pont, who is from Swaziland, has also spoken out against the monarchy.
The actor says she has been quiet for a long time in order to protect her family. She says she fears for her people in Swaziland.
“My people are in trouble and their lives at risk as we speak!” she wrote on Instagram.
Du-Pont said she is asking for help.
“Please I need your help to spread the word. I have been silent in fear of my family’s lives who are in eSwatini, that they might be targeted.”
“This is a revolution and we as the youth and promise of tomorrow stand up against an absolute monarchy! “she wrote on Instagram.
Du-Pont went on to detail the horrific living conditions in Swaziland.
She says the government has even shut down the internet to prevent people exposing the mistreatment that is caused by the government.
“The king is having unarmed civilians shot who are caught in the streets, ridiculous curfew has been implemented at 6pm and human rights violated by shutting down the internet so the rest of the world doesn’t hear of the news. They have shut electricity and threatening to shut water,” she wrote.
Du-Pont says people are fighting for basic human rights.
“What is happening is a crime against humanity. The people are fighting for a multi party democracy and basic human rights taken away by monarchy. Majority of our country is poverty stricken and has had enough of the repressive government,” she wrote.
Celebrities such as Bianca Carm and Dr Chanita Foster also raised their voice against what is happening in Swaziland.
“It’s so scary watching this when our families are stuck there and at times we struggle to reach them,” responded Carm.
Dr Chanita Foster wrote in response to du Pont’s post: “I’m in TEARS! Real tears!”.
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