Alpheous Nxumalo, the newly appointed Government Spokesperson came hard on Action SA leader Herman Mashaba over sentiments suggesting that Eswatini should be incorporated and be part of South Africa adding that the country cannot survive on its own economically.
Responding to a questionnaire from this Swaziland News,the Government Spokesperson said he was not too sure if Mashaba knew what sustained the Sovereignty of a Nation.
“It is not necessarily economic boom but the will of the people to maintain their respective sovereignty. Every Nation state was established by those who did in order to achieve certain objectives. While he maybe entitled to his opinion, I think it is rather too narrow to receive positive reception from his audience primarily. Eswatini is a sovereign state and Emaswati are very proud for who they are irrespective of any challenges,” said the Government Spokesperson.
As reported by TimesLive, ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba suggested that Lesotho and Swaziland must be incorporated into South Africa(SA), his sentiments sparked a debate on Twitter, drawing a response from former Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) MP and actor Fana Mokoena.
“It is practically and economically impossible for these countries to survive on their own. The elephant in the room: Will the leaders of these two countries accept a proposal to incorporate?” said Mashaba as quoted by TimesLive.
But the former EFF MP slammed the idea saying the issue of eSwatini, Lesotho and Botswana was historical not economically as perceived by Mashaba
“Ntate Mashaba. The issue of Lesotho, eSwatini and Botswana is historical rather than economic. All our demarcations as colonised Africa are historical.
Lesotho and Swaziland were not colonised, but became protectorates. Hence their trajectory was different from ours,” said the former EFF MP.
As the debate intensified on Twitter, Fana Mokoena, the former EFF MP went on to highlight the issue of Lesotho and how it became a Sovereign State.
“Lesotho fought and won its battles against colonialists differently from how we did it. Instead of arrogantly proposing they be incorporated in us, because we think we are better, why don’t we rather propose greater economic participation and sharing of resources between us?” he said.