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SWAGAA Executive Director Nonhlanhla Dlamini warns police against calling women ‘tingwadla’ during interrogations.

Monday, 3rd June, 2024

MBABANE:Nonhlanhla Dlamini, the Executive Director of the Eswatini Action Group Against Abuse(SWAGAA) has warned the police against calling women ‘tingwadla’ during interrogations.

This comes after Nombuso Sibandze, a resident of Gege-Mbondzela told this publication this week that,she was assaulted and labelled ‘ingwadla’ by the cops during an interrogation amid the evictions in that area.

‘Ingwadla’ is a siSwati word meaning “prostitute” or a woman who sleeps with different men.

“It’s wrong for the police to label women ‘tingwadla’ during interrogations,insulting another person is another form of abuse.People are going through a lot so, if you insult that person you may find that, you are adding the load to her problems and that woman might then commit suicide”, said the SWAGAA Director.

Senior Superintendent Phindile Vilakati, the Police Spokesperson had not responded at the time of compiling this report.

Eswatini police officers stand accused of assaulting and calling women ‘tingwadla’ during interrogations, different women who were once arrested or detained by the police shared the same experience saying they were physically and emotionally abused.

SWAGAA Executive Director Nonhlanhla Dlamini warns police against calling women ‘tingwadla’ during interrogations.
SWAGAA Director Nonhlanhla Dlamini.