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How Prime Minister’s statement intensified police brutality of citizens

Wednesday, 20th May, 2020

MBABANE: Police brutality on citizens gained momentum during the lockdown after Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini maintained that citizens who violated the COVID-19 regulations should be assaulted by the police.

Speaking during a press conference, the PM recently maintained that the law enforcement agency will not tolerate any violation of the COVID-19 regulations. This was after media reports suggesting that citizens including lawyer Sabelo Mngometulu was assaulted by the security officers in Mbabane.

“Maybe those who were beaten were found to be on the wrong side of the law, we will not compromise about that” said the PM who is the Minister of Police.

It has been disclosed that after the PM statement, the brutality and harassment intensified and one of the victims was Khulekani Msweli he was arrested while trying to buy food for the destitute during the lockdown. Other citizens felt ambushed and humiliated when police forced them to show proof that they were on ART and going to the hospital to collect their medication. 

Speaking to this Swaziland News, Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberation Congress (NNLC) said one of the reasons police has become violent was hunger and frustration. 

“Police are hungry and frustrated which make them very angry. Police do not earn much and from time to time they are forced to contribute money for national events” said Sibongile Mazibuko, President of NLLC.

Speaking to this publication, Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) said police brutality should be condemned.

“Police brutality should be ridiculed. Their frustrations should not be taken out on innocent Swazi people. Punishment and instilling fear is the leadership qualities needed for all structures and key henchmen of the government” he said.

Sikelela Dlamini Secretary General of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers(SNAT) said police are subjected to frustration in many ways.

\"Police are subjected to frustration in so many ways. This could be cause by low salaries, no improvement in the payment of allowances, including housing and uniform and general conditions of service. Some police officers are abused by their superiors, but some simply want recognition and promotions\" said the SNAT Secretary General.

How Prime Minister’s statement intensified police brutality of citizens
Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini