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Swaziland Opposition Leader Shot Dead in South Africa


The deputy leader of Swaziland's banned opposition movement has been shot dead in South Africa, where he was living in exile.

South African media say Gabriel Mkhumane was killed earlier this week in the northeastern province of Mpumalanga, which borders Swaziland.

Mkhumane was a medical doctor and served as deputy president of the People's United Democratic Movement, or PUDEMO. The party is an outspoken critic of Swaziland's absolute monarch, King Mswati III.

South African media say Mkhumane was apparently shot dead as he dropped off a colleague in Mpumalanga. South African trade union activists who support Swaziland's pro-democracy movement have called on South African authorities to fully investigate the killing.

Swaziland's king has almost complete power in the country and has refused to allow a multiparty political system.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.