MBABANE: Assistant Superintendent Jabulani Madlopha is the senior police officer behind the disappearance of the E100,000.00 stokvel monies that went missing at the Mbabane Police Station.
An independent investigation by this Swaziland News uncovered that Madlopha, a member of the Tingculungculu Police investigation Unit was entrusted with the safety of the money, however it later developed ‘legs’ and disappeared, the subsequently threatened to commit suicide by shooting himself after being told by his superiors that he had to pay back the money belonging to a group of women who had made stokvel savings.
Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa has about 70% of the population living below the poverty line, a majority of them being women survive through subsistence farming and or through the establishment of savings scheme groups, police had advised the public to keep their money within the various police stations, however, more cases had been reported were it was stolen by police officers.
Reached for comments, Assistant Superintendent Jabulani Madlopha told this journalist to write anything about him even if it was the disappearance of million.
“You can write anything about me, even if it’s the disappearance of a million", he said.
Superintendent Phindile Vilakati, the Royal Eswatini Police Spokesperson did not respond regarding the involvement of Madlopha in the disappearance of the money belonging to women.
On or around 06 December 2019, the Times of eSwatini reported that E100,000.00 went missing at the Mbabane Police Station, however the name of the officer behind the disappearance of the money was never mentioned.
Now, it has emerged that after the money went missing, Assistant Superintendent Madlopha was never arrested but was forced to apply for a loan and pay the money after the group of women demanded it from the police organisation.
On or around 03 September 2020, this publication reported that Isaac Magagula, the then National Commissioner of Police colluded with other senior police officers to manipulate government's computer systems and deleted finger-prints and or criminal records with the aim of employing convicted criminals in the police service.
Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberatory Congress(NNLC) said it was surprising that the officer was not arrested after the disappearance of the money.
“We have a mafia Government that awards credit to those who deserve to be disciplined and face the consequences of their misdeeds.
As a society we expect tougher punishment to those who monitor justice as those ordinary citizens who have done similar crimes are rotting in custody.We have not forgotten that this officer was awarded by a promotion for shooting an un armed teacher, the big question is who else beneffited from this crime?” said the NNLC President.
Assistant Superintendent Jabulani Madlopha