MBABANE: PUDEMO Spokesperson Brain Sangweni sister Simile Sangweni is among the over 40 protestors who were killed by King Mswati’s soldiers on Wednesday night.
Simile Sangweni, a textile worker and others were shot and killed at Mathangeni in Matsapha on Wednesday night in the midst of on going protests in demand for democratic reforms.
Others who were confirmed death through the various hospitals include Thando Mvubu an adult male, Nonhle Matsebula, a 36 year old female of Logoba area, Mbongeni Gamedze, an adult male, Mancoba Matsentjwa, an adult male, Thandeka Dlamini among others. Worth-noting is that Simile Sangweni and two others were shot death in the early hours of Wednesday hence her name appears in the statistics of 30th June 2021.
Brian Sangweni, the People's United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) Spokesperson confirmed the death of his sister adding that the family was making funeral arrangements.
“It’s true my sister Simile Sangweni was shot and killed at Mathangeni in Matsapha during a protest, she was among others who were killed” he said.
Meanwhile, Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku who issued a decree on behalf of King Mswati banning all protests threatened protesters saying the law enforcement agencies will deal with them.
Eswatini is in the midst of a political crisis, the pro-democracy protests manifested into chaos shortly after the King’s decree that deprived citizens their right to freedom of expression. In the midst of the shooting and burning of citizens, Government subsequently shutdown internet to hide information from reaching the international community.
According to eSwatini's opposition party, over 40 people have been killed, 150 treated for gunshots wounds and hundreds missing in the past 48hours and death toll is highly expected to rise as the shooting continues in the urban and rural areas.
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