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OPINION: Killing of civilians during political unrest will always hang on deceased National Commissioner William Dlamini’s head.

Saturday, 7th October, 2023

The worst experience that ever happened in this country was when the then Acting Prime Minister Themba Nhlanganiso Masuku, Army Commander Jeffery Shabalala and Police National Commissioner William Tsintsibala Dlamini switched-off the internet just to kill dozens of innocent civilians.

That they were ordered by King Mswati to do this, is a subject for another day, the truth is; they were complicit to the crimes against humanity. 

William Tsintsibala Dlamini collapsed and died at the OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday morning, death is the most painful experience for the remaining relatives and friends.

But before all those who were involved in the massacre died, perhaps it’s important to establish an independent investigation so we can know exactly, how many people were killed by the regime.

The deceased National Commissioner was one of those who could have appeared before the Commission of inquiry to assist with information but unfortunately, he is dead. 

National Commissioner William Tsintsibala Dlamini had a good and a bad side like all human beings but, in the history of this country, he will always be remembered for the killing of innocent citizens.

It’s very unfortunate that whenever some public figures die, the Nation will always be divided instead of mourning, it is this regime that created a society that celebrates death.

Celebrating the death of someone might mean that person pained you such that, you are having it difficult to forgive him even in his grave, personally, it took me some years to forgive the late Deputy Commissioner Sam Mthembu who invaded my home and terrorized my children.

Equally so, we can’t blame those who celebrated when the news suggesting that, William Tsintsibala Dlamini collapsed and died, they are having their own experiences with the police and they have a right to express their feelings.

The only thing that can unite this country is an all inclusive political dialogue, democracy and the respect of human rights.

While others were mourning the death of  Deputy Commissioner Sam Mthembu, I was relieved knowing that the person who “is a threat to my family is dead”.

While I’m mourning the death of Police National Commissioner William Dlamini, others are celebrating, knowing that the man who killed civilians and challenged those calling for democracy for an open shootout(eShashalazini) and presided over the killing of civilians is gone.

This is not the society that we want, let’s respect human life, police and soldiers have taught us to celebrate death and this, is very unfortunate.

OPINION: Killing of civilians during political unrest will always hang on deceased National Commissioner William Dlamini’s head.
The late National Commissioner Sam Mthembu.