MTN eSwatini has been cited as one of many respondents in an urgent court application calling for the immediate restoration of internet services in the country, in addition to other measures.
On June 29, the eSwatini Communications Commission issued a directive to MTN eSwatini and other operators to suspend access to social media and online platforms until further notice, resulting in disruption of services and connectivity in the midst of civil protests.
“After carefully evaluating the directive, and in accordance with its license conditions and the group’s digital human rights due diligence framework, MTN eSwatini implemented the directive,” the company said in a June 30 statement. .
Following the issuance of the directive, the CEO of MTN eSwatini Mtshali baguette said the company is committed to restoring services and connectivity as soon as possible.
MTN eSwatini continues to engage with relevant stakeholders to limit the length of the outage and is reviewing the details of the lawsuit in consultation with its advisers.
“MTN Group is committed to respecting human rights and strives to protect the rights of all people who use our services in the jurisdictions in which we operate according to globally defined standards.