South African Trade Unionists supporting Swazi Democracy Campaign The Swazi crisis continues as the corrupt monarchy fails to fund education As a result of the ongoing fiscal crisis in Swaziland, many schools are closed and important programmes like the school feeding programme have been cancelled because they are no longer being funded by the government. In addition those schools which are open, have no money for resources and are often without electricity. In a particularly worrying development a report on Aljazeera says that 200,000 orphans in the country have either already been forced to leave school or are at risk of being excluded because the government has ceased to pay their school fees. Many of these children have been orpaned by AIDS - Swaziland has the highest prevalence of the disease in the world, with 25.9% of the adult population estimated to have the disease. To watch the Aljazeera report go to: The Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) has lead months of pro-democracy protests in the country, despite arrests of some its leaders and attacks by the security forces (see previous posts)