Press briefing with Sipho Gumedze and Vincent Ncongwane

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Date:        Tuesday 12th August

Time:       08:30 for 09:00

Venue:     Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg


Freedom HouseHURISA and the Swaziland Solidarity Networkinvite you to a press briefing with Sipho Gumedze and Vincent Ncongwane, two Swazi human rights activists who have been threatened with strangulation, by their prime minister because of advocacy they have just done in Washington DC during the US Africa Summit. Their calls for free speech and respect for human rights in Swaziland have provoked a savage reaction from a government that is coming under increased pressure to open itself up to democratic reforms. The prime minister’s threat follows shortly after the imprisonment for two years of two more activists Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu on contempt of court charges.

As Mr. Gumedze and Mr. Ncongwane prepare to travel back to Swaziland they will hold a press briefing for journalists in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning at 08:30 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosebank. Tea/Coffee will be served in advance.

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