MANZINI: Women rights groups stormed the Manzini police station on Tuesday after police officers assaulted and further insulted a kombi protestor by mocking his mothers private parts in a trending video.
This was during a protest by kombi conductors on Monday that escalated on Tuesday where the public transport employees are protesting against police harassment, they alleged that the law enforcement officers issue court summons to them for operating at Mhlaleni. In the midst of the protest, police allegedly grabbed and assaulted one of the protestors while insulting him with his mothers private parts, this subsequently triggered tension among women rights organisations. Bhekokuhle Ndlovu, a police officer within the Manzini Traffic department has been identified as the police officer who allegedly uttered the insults that undermined women\'s private parts.
Reached for comments, Cebile Dlamini, the Secretary General of the Swaziland Rural Women Assembly(SRWA) the insults that were directed to women when the police assaulted the protestor were a huge embarrassment and degrading to them as women.
“These insults directed to women are very serious and to make matters worse it came from an officer of the law who ought to have known better how to deal with that situation, instead of insulting women. Women are very important in any society, even the police officer who insulted women came through a woman” said the Rural Women Assembly Secretary General.
A questionnaire was sent to police Spokesperson Superintendent Phindile Vilakati, however, she had not responded at the time of compiling this report.
Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress(NNLC) was among the well-known figures who stormed the police station to protest against the insults directed to women.
The women protesters were carrying placards with a message directed to the police “We are all human STOP insulting people using our valuable parts”.
Women rights protesting at Manzini Police station.