South African Trade Unionists demonstrate in Support of Swaziland Protests Teachers in Swaziland are engaged in an ongoing protest from today As well as fighting against pay cuts being imposed by the Swazi government, the teachers are calling for an end to the political system where a king rules the state and where political parties are illegal. The leader of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), Muzi Mhlanga told the Times of Swaziland: "We want a freeze of the money belonging to certain individuals who steal and hide it in foreign banks that are in countries like Switzerland and the United States." SNAT is calling on the South African and US governments - the only foreign countries to have embassies in the country - to derecognise the Swazi government until the system is changed. The teachers have decided to travel to the protest - which will centre in Manzini - by public transport because when they demonstrated last month their hired buses were attacked by security forces. Many leading trade unionists were arrested and the headquarters of SNAT were raided by police. SNAT blames the government for the economic crisis in a country where the king and the elite enjoy a lavish lifestyle and where expensive celebrations are planned for the King's jubilee, while two thirds of the population live below the poverty line. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was called in by the government and its prescription - amongst other things was to cut public spending (see previous posts)