Jan Sithole is a Swaziland trade union activist and politician. Sithole is president of the Swaziland Democratic Party (Swadepa), and was recently elected to the House of Assembly (the lower house of the Parliament of Swaziland).
In 1995, Sithole was threatened with deportation, and later kidnapped and abandoned in the boot of a car.
He was arrested on 30 January, 1997 in an attempt to head off a general strike, along with SFTU senior officers, Richard Nxumalo, Jabulani Nxumalo and Themba Msibi. They were charged with threatening bus company owners to keep their vehicles off the road, but were released after a magistrate found there was no basis to the charges.
In the 20 September 2013 elections for Swaziland's House of Assembly, Sithole was elected as one of 55 MPs, nominally as an independent (since Swaziland does not recognize political parties. Sithole and his organization were pledged to reform the current governance system in Swaziland from the inside, to "achieve a multiparty Swaziland but through a strategy of participating, as opposed to non-participation". He stated that he was not the only member of his party elected.
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