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COVID-19 regulations allow police to shoot citizens with impunity

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020

MBABANE: Sibusiso Nhlabatsi, a Human Rights Lawyer says the COVID-19 regulations allow the police to shoot citizens without fear of being held to account.

 Speaking to this Swaziland News after media reports suggesting that the police shot a 15-year old child, the human rights lawyer said it was almost impossible to hold the law enforcement agency accountable for the incident. The child was found playing football with his peers in the Shiselweni region, the Sothern parts of Eswatini.

“I feel for the family of the child that was shot by the police officer. It is sad that section 30 of the COVID-19 regulations says no liability or suit shall be against an enforcement officer or medical practitioner or member of the task team. The police officer in question can evoke section 30 in his defence” said the human rights lawyer.

Phindile Vilakati, the eSwatini Police Spokesperson joined the fast lane and avoided questions from this publication when asked to respond.

Reached for comment by this publication, Lucky Lukhele, the Spokesperson of the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) expressed his concerns over the matter. 

“We condemn the police brutality in Swaziland which has been institutionalised. We are not surprised that government has come up with such regulations that do not respect basic human rights. Police in Swaziland are used to torturing people without being brought to book” said the SSN Spokesperson. 

COVID-19 regulations allow police to shoot citizens with impunity
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