Soldier shoots himself dead inside car
MANZINI – A member of the Swaziland Umbutfo Defence Force yesterday committed suicide with a service pistol inside a car.
The soldier identified as Gonindvondza Mnisi killed himself inside a black Opel Corsa.
Mnisi’s car was parked along the new industrial site road in Matsapha, which connects to Matsapha International Airport near Mobeni flats.
The new road is between His Majesty’s Correctional Services in Matsapha and St George’s Army Barracks.
The army’s Public Relations Officer Major Khanya Dlamini said it is not known what could have led the soldier to committing suicide.
Dlamini said the army has been shocked by the incident. He said details were scanty at the time he was contacted for comment.
"We have no clues so far as to what could have led Mnisi to opt to end his life, everyone is shocked at the moment.
"He was stationed at St George’s Army Barracks and was soldier, but was not a commissioned officer. The USDF is not aware what could have made him do this," said Dlamini.
Police vehicles were at the scene just before 5am, with army officers also present.
The Opel Corsa, in which the soldier shot himself, was driven away from the scene as soon as this reporter arrived.
It is believed that Dlamini drove the vehicle out of the premises of the barracks, which is where he was stationed, to the road between the Correctional Services and the army barracks.
The PRO added that army officials were preparing to relay the news to the family of the deceased soldier.
"We are making preparations to visit the homestead of the dead soldier so that we can relay the news to them, and sympathise with them.
"Investigations are ongoing as we try to establish what could have led to him making such a decision. However, at the moment the details are scanty," said Dlamini.
The Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Assistant Superintendent Stephen Dlamini confirmed that a man committed suicide inside a car along the new industrial site road near the Correctional Services and the army barracks.
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