NHLANGANO: Sibusiso Nhlabatsi, a top Human Rights Lawyer has strongly condemned the police who chased and subsequently arrested a drink and driving suspect who was hiding in a coffin at Nhlangano Funeral Parlor.
The suspect whose name cannot be revealed pending his appearance at the Nhlangano Magistrate Court was allegedly chased by the police after trying to resist arrest. Speaking to this Swaziland News on the subject matter, Nhlabatsi said police have a legal obligation to pursue the case, however, he said they should have exercised caution.
“Police have a legal obligation to pursue a case, however they must exercise caution. In other instances the police target people coming from drinking spots, this is very wrong as drink driving suspects end up running away which result to accidents. If the suspect’s car had been impounded by the police I see no reason for chasing the man into the mortuary,” he concluded.
Swazi Police Spokesperson Superintendent Phindile Vilakati confirmed the matter, she said the man was later charged with drink and driving.
“We arrested the man who was hiding at the Nhlangano Mortuary between coffins, whom we later charged for drink-driving” she said.
When asked by this Swaziland News why the police chase suspects, something that might result to accidents, Vilakati said their intention was to save lives as innocent people later become victims of drink and driving.
“Our intention is to save lives, it’s very unfortunate that some suspects die during the chase,” said Vilakati.
Mthokozisi Makhunga, a Nhlangano resident, when asked to comment expressed concern on why the suspect was chased as the police were already in possession of his car.
“The police were supposed to impound the car, the man would still go back to them to claim his car and that when he would face the law,” said Makhunga.
Nhlangano Funeral Parlor where the suspect was hiding