South Africa has raised concerns about the deteriorating situation in the Kingdom of Eswatini with demonstrators in a sixth-day protest calling for electoral reforms.
Property, including trucks, has been damaged and shops looted. Some deaths have also been reported.
In a statement released by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the South African government urged the security forces of Eswatini to exercise total restrain and protect the lives of the people of that country.
It also called for all political actors and civil society to engage in meaningful dialogue in order to resolve the current political challenges facing the country.
South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has reiterated its call for good governance and democracy in the country.
The party also called for dialogue, the unbanning of political parties and the release of political activists.
The protests in Eswatini have affected the country’s economy with hundreds of trucks transporting goods stranded at the Oshoek Border Post.
Government has also imposed a curfew in a bid to quell the situation.
Meanwhile, the kingdom dismissed as false reports that King Mswati III has fled the country reassuring the citizens that his majesty was in the country and working with the government to advance the kingdom’s goals.