MANZINI: Two students Lindelani Zwane and Phinda Dlamini from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology(LUCT) have been detained by the police in Manzini for being found at William Pitcher College.
Zwane is the Vice President of the Limkokwing Student Representative Council(SRC), it is alleged that he was targeted by the police who were trying to disrupt the protests.
Reached for comments, Mlamuli Gumedze, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students(SNUS) confirmed the matter saying the students were accused of trespassing by the police merely for being being found at the William Pitcher on Tuesday.
“It’s true, I think they are trying to disrupt the students because when we try to enquire about the possible charges, it seems they are accused of trespassing” said the students union President.
Students from Universities and other institutions of higher learning in the country have embarked in a protest action against government failure to provide scholarships despite that E230million has been budgeted for the construction of hangars for King Mswati’s private jets.
Thulani Mkhaliphi, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour recently labelled protesting students as emahlongandlebe(disrespectful individuals) merely for demanding scholarships from government. It is regarded a crime in eSwatini to protest despite that the Constitution guarantees the right to protest.
Students protesting for scholarships