Nurses in Swaziland have joined the month-long strike, causing public hospitals to turn away all except critical patients. Teachers have been on strike for three weeks, students and taxi drivers joined them this week. The country's only university has shut down.
The public service is the biggest employer in Swaziland. IMF recommendations last year pushed for the Swaziland to reduce what the IMF considered a bloated public service, however the country seemed unwilling to accept the recommendations. Swaziland was bailed out just short of a major economic meltdown in November. The financial situation has subsequently eased as a result of improved SACU revenues.
The Swazi people, however, seem unconvinced. Teachers are striking for a 4.5% salary increase.