MATSAPHA: Advocate Mduduzi Tsotsi Mabila grilled National Commissioner of Police William Tsintsibala Dlamini over the transfer of police officers who allegedly killed University law student Thabani Nkomonye.
As reported by this Swaziland News, Nkomonye was allegedly killed by the police who had earlier reported him missing, his body was dumped at Nhlambeni, a few kilometers away from Manzini.
It was revealed during the ongoing inquest chaired by Senior Magistrate Nonhlanhla Dlamini that the National Commissioner of Police allegedly transferred Constable Victor Nkentjane(force No: 5925) and Constable B Mdluli (7033) to Manzini Regional Headquarters Communications Department six days after the discovery of Thabani's body.
On Tuesday, Advocate Mabila who was leading the legal team representing the Nkomonye family put it to the National Commissioner that the transfer was intended to cover-up the alleged killing.
“I wouldn't be certain about the time but I’ve said the officers were transferred following an incident where a bus conductor was involved", said the National Commissioner of Police.
Reached for comments, resigned pro-democracy cop, Sergeant Cebile 'Cece' Shongwe said the National Commissioner was not telling the truth as all transfers passed through him.
Speaking to this publication, Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) said these officers were acting on their Commander in Chief's orders, King Mswati.
“They use state powers given to them by the authorities, everything they do is perpetrated by their authorities", said the PUDEMO Secretary General.
National Commissioner of Police William Dlamini.