MBABANE: Nonhlanhla Dlamini, the Spokesperson of the newly formed Liphimbo LaboMake said while they welcomed the release of persecuted Nyanyali woman, Ayanda Dlamini on free bail, as women rights organisations they wanted to know the whereabouts of the missing children.
Ayanda Dlamini is a mother to one of the kids who disappeared during the Incwala ritual ceremony, she was subsequently tortured by the police and thrown behind bars for demanding her child.
After assisting one of the suspects to flee to South Africa, police later accused Ayanda of being part of the group of residents who burnt the home of the suspects who received protection from the State police.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Nonhlanhla Dlamini said as Liphimbo LaboMake they will now escalate the matter, demanding to know the whereabouts of the child.
“We would like to thank individuals and organisations that supported Ayanda Dlamini including Liphimbo LaboMake Committee. We are happy that those who threw her behind bars later realised that she did not deserve to be in jail hence the free bail, now as women rights organisations, we want to escalate the issue and demand the kid, Ayanda must know the whereabouts of the kid so she can get closure”, she said.
The Liphimbo LaboMake Spokesperson further emphasised that women rights organisations must continue working together to protect the rights of women adding that what happened to Ayanda could happen to anyone.
“We are now living in a country where we don’t know what might happen to us tomorrow hence the importance of supporting one another in such situations, what happened to Ayanda could happen to all of us” said the Liphimbo LaboMake Spokesperson.
It has been reported that organisations that supported the campaign calling for the release of Ayanda include One Billion Rising, Women Unlimited Eswatini, International Community of Women Living with HIV, Community Health Empowerment Forum and Youth Alive Organisation.
Other organisations include the Swaziland National Association of Teachers(SNAT), Swaziland Rural Women Assembly(SRWA), Beaten But Not Broken and the Journey of Hope for Women and Girls.
Liphimbo LaboMake is a collaboration of women rights organisations and women rights activists whose mandate is to enhance and escalate the voices of women on issues affecting their welfare.