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Opposition parties, civil society documenting evidence, want Mswati to face crimes against humanity charges

Sunday, 4th July, 2021

MBABANE: Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) has urged Swazis to document evidence to strengthen a crime against humanity case against King Mswati who commanded soldiers and the police to kill dozens of civilians.

This comes after the King issued a command to his security forces that include the army to kill protesting citizens merely for demanding democratic reforms.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, the PUDEMO Secretary General said as political parties and the civil society they were preparing a strong case against the King but he said relatives of the deceased should play their role by compiling the evidence to substantiate the allegations.

“We would like to urge Swazis particularly the relatives of those who have been killed or injured during the ongoing war perpetrated by the King against Swazis. Firstly, it is important to document the name, surname, age and gender of the victim. Secondly, we are appealing to Swazis to take pictures of the deceased with the gunshots injuries all over the body, from the head to the toes, back and front. If there were bullets, keep pictures of those bullets. Thirdly, families of the victims must take short videos during funerals and in the video there must be someone mentioning the name and surname of the deceased and narrating how he or she died. Before burying the victim, they must take a video of the naked dead body showing all the injuries, we know this might be painful but the evidence is very important”, said the PUDEMO Secretary General.

On another note, Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku when speaking to NewsRoom Afrika denied that soldiers were killing civilians. 

But more evidence in form of videos and pictures have emerged showing soldiers and the police shooting citizens, dozens of dead bodies were then collected by the police.

Phindile Dlamini, a mother to a University student Msimisi Mkhwanazi who was shot dead by soldiers at Nkhungu about two(2) kilometres away from the Oshoek border post told this publication that on Friday police took the body of his son after the shooting and she doesn\'t understand what they wanted to do to the corpse.

Government subsequently shutdown the internet to control the flow of information to the international community as the shooting and killing of civilians intensify both in the rural and urban areas.

Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa and ruled by King Mswati as an absolute Monarch has about 70% of the population living below the poverty line, chaos erupted after the King issued a decree last week banning the delivery of petitions to block protestors from demanding democratic reforms.

Opposition parties, civil society documenting evidence, want Mswati to face crimes against humanity charges
A protestor shot dead by King Mswati\'s forces