BIG BEND: Sanele Sihlongonyane, a member of the Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA) was on Monday morning detained by the police and asked for information about his political party including its agenda about the country.
Members of political parties in eSwatini face persecution, torture or even killed for their political beliefs. Sipho Jele a member of PUDEMO died in police custody in 2010 after King Mswati issued a command that members of political parties should be strangled to death.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Sihlongonyane confirmed the matter stating that 15 heavily armed police officers arrived at his workplace and he was taken to Big-Bend police station.
“It’s true that I was detained by the police yesterday (Monday) who asked me to explain the article where Ngcamphalala was quoted by the Swati Newsweek about the King. They also asked me to explain the political agenda of SWADEPA about the country” he said.
Reached for comments, Jan Sithole, the SWADEPA President said as an organization they have nothing to hide as the Constitution allows them to exist as a political entity.
“As SWADEPA we have nothing to hide, they can investigate us, we have an office in Manzini and its existence is legal as per the Constitution. We know that they detained him to get more information about SWADEPA for their own interest. We fear not as an organization because we are transparent with our job” said the SWADEPA President.
SWADEPA member Sanele Sihlongonyane