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National Commissioner William Dlamini bans police officers from commenting on social media

Thursday, 27th May, 2021

MBABANE: William Tsintsibala Dlamini, the National Commissioner of Police has banned officers from commenting on social media on national issues.

In a memo dated 25th May 2021 addressed to all Headquarter Branches, Police Training  Institution and the Operational Support Service Unit (OSSU), the National Commissioner reminded officers of their obligation to mantain and portray a responsible social demeanor, particularly when presenting themselves in such platforms in their official capacity.

“Officers should avoid commenting on issues under Police investigation or official inquiry on social media platforms. Desist from posting pictures, voice notes and voice clips including video footage depicting themselves and their colleagues in Police uniform,” said the National Commissioner.

Questions were sent to Superintendent Phindile Vilakati, however, she had not responded at the time of compiling this report.

Information gathered suggests that some police officers who were in full support of the calls for justice in the matter of Thabani Nkomonye who was allegedly killed by the police shared information and commented on social media.

National Commissioner William Dlamini bans police officers from commenting on social media
National Commissioner William Dlamini