How socialite Sakhile “Oros” Msibi disappeared at Palace.
JOHANNESBURG: : Popular socialite Sakhile “Oros” Msibi who recently made a brief confirmation that he was alive and fine in the United States disappeared with three soldiers while around Lozitha Palace. Preliminary findings of an independent investigation conducted by this Swaziland News publication suggests that on or around 22 April 2018, Sakhile Qhawe Bhekisisa Msibi disappeared with Shadrack “Khekhe” Mamba, Celumusa Norman Dlamini and Zakhele Education Kunene, these are members of the military who work for the royal family. The socialite was fresh from visiting his friends Princess Temaswati and Tebu after being invited to attend the various celebration events as part of the 50 years of independence and King’s Birthday.
Our investigation further obtained fresh evidence substantiating how the socialite’s passports, cells phones and other personal documents were confiscated used to disseminate false information implying that he was safe, free and fine in the United States. In a recent telephone conversation between the socialite and a close family member, the socialite confirmed that his cell phones were taken from him.
“I just got my phone back now, everything was just a mess but I’m fine” he said. But his family seemed not convinced that their son was free, they suspect he was trafficked and held hostage for unknown reasons.
Evidence in our possession suggests that the soldiers who disappeared with the socialite subsequently crossed the boarder with him to South Africa on 22 April 2018, they were driving in a foreign registered motor vehicle number HC 01 CJ GP. On the same day, a BMW owned by the royal family with registration number M72 also crossed the boarder, closely following the car where the socialite was travelling with the military men. Soon thereafter, within 20 minutes, one of the soldiers allegedly returned to the Swaziland side to activate Sakhile’s passport as if he returned to the country when in fact he was held on the South African side. On 07 July 2018, The Citizen, a South African publication reported that there were fears that the socialite may have got in trouble in Abu Dhabi were homosexuality was illegal. “There have been speculation that the openly gay South African may have got in trouble in Abu Dhabi, where homosexuality is illegal. It’s concerning time for friends and family of local socialite Sakhile Msibi(You might know him as Oros Barbie) following his disappearance in recent weeks. Oros, a close friend of Bonang Matheba was featured in an episode of reality show Being Bonang in season 1. He reportedly leaves over seas” The Citizen reported.
But this matter of alleged human trafficking, remains one of the most complicated as the Swazi Police are seemingly prepared to conceal evidence or disseminate false information to the family on where exactly the socialite is currently kept.
Swazi Police Spokesperson Phindile Vilakati promised to respond to our questions through Government Spokesperson Percy Simelane.
“ Nkhosi please contact Prime Minister’s office for any concerns within eSwatini. We will forward our responses through them as well” she said
Reached for comments, Percy Simelane said he would wait for the approach of the police over the matter. “Will wait for their approach” he said briefly. On 02 October 2018, the editor of this publication wrote a letter to the Police Spokesperson informing her that it was in the interest of the public for the police to address this matter of alleged human trafficking. “We wish to bring to your attention that as the situation stands, this remains a serious matter of alleged human trafficking that needs to be addressed by the police and therefore, we expect your office to cooperate instead of being evasive” read the letter in part.
But the family of the socialite accused the police of staggering in investigating the case allegedly due to the involvement of powerful people in matter. It is normal for the police to be reluctant in investigating such cases in the event high profile people are implicated but close to R1million reward was paraded when businessman Olmar Olivera disappeared.
On or around 21th September 2018, about five months after the socialite disappeared, his international passport number 10031419 was activated in the government system as a person who crossed the boarder to South Africa. This was after this publication intensified its investigations where the police and other royal sources were contacted for a comment. The latest suspicious travel records of the disappeared popular socialite implied that he was travelling with car registration number YSD 019 BH, a Toyota Sadan owned by Mfanaleni Mavuso. A background check conducted soon thereafter revealed that this is the same car used by the socialite to cross to South Africa on the 12 April 2018, however, on that particular day it was driven by Jeffery Mpendu Hlatswako. It has been disclosed that few days later, the socialite allegedly emerged on social media confirming that he was alive and soon thereafter he had a telephone conversation with one of his family members where he disclosed that what happened to him would benefit even his family. Even though the socialite mentioned that she would never come back to Swaziland, in the conversation she sounded more concerned about his parents particularly his mother. This raised more reasonable suspicion that, he might have made the statement suggesting that he will never come back to the country under duress.
“ How is my mother Nkhosiyami, that’s one person I wanna speak to” he asked, to which the relative responded that her mother was always crying as a result of his disappearance.
“She will be happy to hear your voice, yes they will ask you lots of questions but try to make them understand about this whole thing because they are stressed” the relative responded.
The relative then asked Sakhile Msibi when he would be coming back to Swaziland to which the socialite responded:
“No, I’m not coming back” he said
But a close family member who spoke to this publication said the Swazi police seemingly know where the socialite was kept.
“This is just diplomacy to fool us that our child is safe and free wherever he is, we want the police to give us a report where exactly he is being held. We want him back not these stories suggesting that he is alive because he might be forced to say that by those who held him” said a family member.
Gciniwe Fakudze, the former Matsapha Town Board Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who was close to the missing socialite did not respond when asked to share her comments on the matter.
But Goodwill Mathonsi, the Coordinator of the United Kingdom based Swaziland Human Rights Network said the disappearance of the socialite was a serious matter that requires attention. Speaking to this publication Mathonsi said it was surprising that the police was not prioritizing the matter yet it remains their duty to protect citizens.
“The mysterious disappearance of Sakhile Qhawe Msibi is a cause for concern from a security point of view and the inaction by the police to urgently investigate this disappearance seems bizarre to say the least. The disappearance of people in our country is a growing scourge that requires a proportionate response from the police,” he said
Mathonsi said regardless of status in society, it was the duty of the police to investigate any disappearance of a citizen without fail. “Justice not only needs to be served but also be seen to be served and failure to do so is nothing short of dereliction of duties on the part of the eSwatini police” he added.