Johannesburg - Swaziland will never repay South Africa its R2.4bn loan, despite claims it will come from future revenues, Cosatu
said on Friday.
"It (the loan) provides breathing space for the
regime," the trade union federation's deputy president Zingiswa Losi
told journalists in Johannesburg.
"It does not address the need for democratisation in any serious manner."
Losi said Swaziland already owed the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank R70bn.
Cosatu called on the South African government to rethink the bailout and disassociate itself from the Swazi regime.
"We did not meet a single person in Swaziland who said that the bailout was welcomed," Losi said.
"On the contrary, everyone we met, both inside and
outside of the democracy movement, said that the bailout will actually
make matters worse."
Losi and Cosatu's deputy international secretary Zanele
Matebula were arrested in the southern Swazi town of Siteki on Thursday
when they tried to address a crowd during a pro-democracy march.
were deported back to South Africa. Police fired teargas and rubber
bullets to break up the protest.
Losi said during the deportation she and her colleagues
had to give the Swazi police all their details, including residential
"They said they will check up on us and follow us to
make sure we didn't lie. We are fearing... we don't know about security
at home. We have told the people of Swaziland we will be back."