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ESWATINI UNREST: Injured protestors forced to share ward with COVID-19 patients at Mankayane

Saturday, 3rd July, 2021

MANKAYANE: Eswatini government hospitals are now flooded as King Mswati\'s security forces intensify shooting of civilians, injured protesters are now forced to share a ward with COVID-19 patients at Mankayane.

This contained in hospital documents seen by this Swaziland News, the documents suggests that eight(8) seriously injured protesters were forced to share a ward with a COVID-19 suspect, one of the patients sustained serious injuries inb the chest and was struggling to breathe.Mayibongwe Masangane, the Secretary General of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) condemned the unleashing of armed forces on unarmed citizens adding that hospitals are now overwhelmed. 

\"We denounce the way in which the current regime has unleashed the army on innocent and unarmed citizens, this has impacted on us negatively as health workers, its true that the Mankayane Government Hospital is full.  Now the focus has shifted from COVID-19 to the new pandemic that was intentionally caused by the state, our focus now is on saving lives since a gun shot wound can kill a person in minutes when compared to COVID-19. But this will also take us backwards in the fight against the virus, since we would be having a lot of COVID-19 cases by the time this unrest would be over\", said the Nurses Secretary General.

Despite evidence proving that police and soldiers are shooting and killing civilians, Princess Sikhanyiso the Minister of Information ,Communications  and Technology (ICT) gave a conflicting version to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) claiming that there were foreign mercenaries that were killing civilians in the country coercing emaSwati to join the struggle for democracy.

Political chaos erupted in eSwatini after King Mswati through Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku issued a decree banning delivery of petitions in the midst of protests in demand for democratic reforms.


ESWATINI UNREST: Injured protestors forced to share ward with COVID-19 patients at Mankayane
Injured protestors forced to share ward with COVID-19 patients