Cop shoot kombi conductor
MANZINI – Police last week shot and injured a kombi conductor at Dvokolwako during the run-ins between the authorities and bus operators over the resisted move to Satellite Bus Rank in Manzini.
Sihlangu Dlamini of Luve, a conductor on Marazor Transport, was shot by the police during an altercation between public transport workers and police officers at Croydon.
The 25-year-old Dlamini was shot last Tuesday.
According to sources, Dlamini’s kombi was stopped in one of the roadblocks that are regularly mounted by the police to check whether public transport carriers departed from the allocated bus rank in Manzini.
Sources said there was an altercation between the police and some of the kombi drivers and conductors.
"No one really knows how he came to get shot but it was during the altercation that a gun was drawn by an officer and he got injured," the source said.
In an interview yesterday afternoon at the Mbabane Government Hospital, Dlamini also said he did not know how exactly he got shot. He said he remembers trying to help a friend.
"Suddenly, I heard a deafening sound. My friend bolted and I followed him to a nearby forest, not realising that I had been shot," Dlamini said. He said when he was in the forest he realised that he had been shot as he noticed blood spurting from his stomach.
Fortunately, a good Samaritan noticed that he had been shot and caught up with him to give him (Dlamini) a piece of cloth to cover his gushing wound.
"I rushed to Dvokolwako Health Centre where I could not be attended to. I was then rushed to Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital where we found that there was no doctor, hence my transfer to the Mbabane Government Hospital," he said.
Dlamini said he believes he did not do anything wrong to justify the shooting.
He said he was feeling better, but complained that he bled profusely. Dlamini said he was still in pain. He was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon.
Bus operators kicked out of Motsa’s plot
MANZINI – The police reportedly kicked out public transport operators from the plot belonging to Moses Motsa in Manzini yesterday morning.
The public transport operators went to rank at Motsa’s plot next to Sydney Williams School, but the police forced them out of the property.
This was said by conductors that were found at the Satellite Bus Rank yesterday morning, who narrated that they had gone to Motsa’s plot with intentions to work from there.
"We went to Moses Motsa’s bus rank with the intention that we were going to work from there. At around 6am, the police arrived and told us to leave the premises. Buses and kombis were not allowed to park at the plot," said a kombi operator.
On the other hand, Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Stephen Dlamini, said the police were assisting with effecting the decision by the Municipality of Manzini by directing public transport to the Satellite Bus Rank.
"The police were doing their job in ensuring that the decision by the Manzini City Council is carried out. It is true, officers were at the said property to direct public transport to the Satellite Bus Rank," said Dlamini.
Ex-MP calls for justice in conductor’s shooting
MANZINI – Former Mkhiweni Member of Parliament, Maqhawe Mavuso, is calling for justice to prevail in the shooting of Sihlangu Dlamini by police.
Mavuso, a public transport operator himself, is also Dlamini’s cousin.
"The way he was shot was vicious.
I still cannot believe a rubber bullet was used because it went into the stomach and left him seriously injured. There were police from Mafutseni, Luve and also Manzini when the dispute occurred and all these police officers were fighting against public transport operators," Mavuso said.Additional reporting by Samkelo Ngwenya.
Sihlangu Dlamini shot. One of these police was given an assignment to shoot one of the bus/kombi operators as a warning. Thats the way i see it. Sorry man it happened to be you Sihlangu. Surrounding hospitals were told not to help a shot bus/kombi oparator, that is why you got helped in an away hospital. Thats how it appears in my eyes.
May 8, 2012, 9:16 AM, LBGNSM
Wow cogradulations to our police they are fast to reach where they are needed. They were in Motsa's rank as early as 6am, wow thats amazing. Kodvwa khona lokusolo kungalungi. asekulwe bantfu bese uyababita (Swazi police) when they reach at the place they were callled to, when asked why are you late. They will calmly answer you and say "there were no cars." Kodvwa ngeke ngibasole mabasho liciniso, BUT the government ngitoyisola.
May 8, 2012, 9:16 AM, LBGNSM
Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running around the country. That’s our problem. Ncesi sihlangu
May 8, 2012, 2:15 PM, Mahlafuna (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Labafana baBhani bahlulwe masotja sebasukelene nebafana bemdlazi,LORD HAVE MERCY
May 8, 2012, 4:04 PM, fabagiye
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