The Beginning of the Great Constitutional Debate: Agreeing to Disagree

  • Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter examines the beginning of the constitution-making exercise, which was characterized by fireworks between the Progressive Swazi leaders and the traditional Swazi monarch and his White allies. The British established a constitutional committee comprising British officials, Swazis, and European settlers. The Swazis were bifurcated between the Progressives and monarchical traditionalists. The Progressives were subscribed to British constitutionalism and espoused Nkrumah’s style of radicalism. They were engaged in debates with King Sobhuza II, who was the embodiment of Swazi traditionalism, and the White economic investors, who were set to protect their economic interests from the threat of nationalization. Both the Swazi monarch and the Whites, operating under the Swazi National Council and the European Advisory council, respectively, challenged British constitutional guardianship and the Progressive agenda, and this stymied constitutional developments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini
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  1. 1.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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