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16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GBV:Woman(25) assaulted by cops for invading Manzini Police Camp to demand child maintenance from police officer Lungelo Gama.

Monday, 4th December, 2023

MANZINI:Lungelo Gama,a police officer based at the Manzini Police Station allegedly unleashed other officers to assault his baby mama who invaded the Manzini Police Camp on Sunday to demand child maintenance.

Speaking to this Swaziland News on Sunday evening,the woman said,the police officer further dragged her to the Manzini police station and threatened her, she alleged that one police officer grabbed the baby while the others were assaulting her.

“I’m afraid they will kill me, kuneligama lebalisebentisile batsi “lona sitam-detainer manje angilati lisho kutsini.Batsi mine lokuya le-Police Camp ngiyomemeta ngicele imali yemtfwana I’m abusing Lungelo Gama, ngize ngimsukela lapho ahlala khona,” said the woman whose name cannot be revealed for ethical reasons.

The woman clarified that, the father of her child Lungelo Gama did not assault her, but the other officers did.

A questionnaire was sent to Superintendent Phindile Vilakati,the Police Spokesperson,however,she had not responded at the time of compiling this report.

Reached for comments,police officer Lungelo Gama demanded to know if the mother of his child accused him of the assault.

“Utsi ushaywe ngimi noma maphoyisa?.If she was assaulted by the police, you must contact the relevant communication office for the police”,said the police officer.

Reached for comments,Colani Hlatswako,the Coordinator of the One Billion Rising, a Women Rights Advocacy organization said,she was disappointed with the conduct of the police and urged superiors to take action.

“Even if the police officer who is the alleged father didn’t want her to come to the Police Camp, it was wrong to assault her.You may find that, she decided to visit the Police Camp because the cop is refusing to pay child maintenance despite consistent efforts.We urge police superiors to address this matter, police officers should not be seen perpetrating violence but,they must remain protectors of the society,” said the One Billion Rising Coordinator.

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GBV:Woman(25) assaulted by cops for invading Manzini Police Camp to demand child maintenance from police officer Lungelo Gama.
Police officer Lungelo Gina.