Two pupils shot
MALKERNS – The second day of the teachers protest action turned violent at Malkerns as the police shot two female pupils.
A Grade III pupil from St. Andrew’s Primary School and a Form I pupil from St Anne’s High School were shot during the skirmish that broke out between the police and pupils from St John Bosco High School and St Anne’s High School.
The police used tear gas, and rubber bullets to disperse the about 800 pupils that blocked the Malkerns main road.
Among some of the pupils injured during the confrontation is the Head Boy of St John Bosco High School, Sandile Dlamini.
The police said there were no live rounds of ammunition used during the clash.
The pupils were allegedly incited when teachers entered St John Bosco High School chanting slogans. it was later gathered that the teachers had been conducting checks on the schools with the intention to force them to join the teachers’ strike in Manzini.
The nine-year-old girl of St Andrews Primary School had left school to fetch her brother from a preschool which is inside St John Bosco High.
The Principal of St Andrews Primary, Thandiwe Dlamini, said she was not aware how the pupil had got shot. Dlamini said the pupil was shot outside the premises of the school. she was rushed to Mankayane Government Hospital where she was treated and discharged.
"We ordered all pupils to remain in their classrooms, I do not know how she slipped out. The police came to inform me that the pupil had been shot near St Bosco High School, they did not tell me the details of the incident.
"However, they did say she has been taken to hospital," said the principal. Zama Hlophe, the St Anne’s High School pupil, was hit by rubber bullets on the back and on the forehead.
Hlophe said she was shot opposite the shopping complex, as the police clashed with St Anne’s and St John Bosco pupils.
"I did not see where the bullets came from, I felt sharp pains on the back and on the forehead. Moments later I felt blood oozing out from the wounds, I just rushed home to tell my mother that I had been shot by the police after which we then went to the hospital," said Hlophe.
Four officers injured in two days - Wendy
MANZINI – Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Wendy Hleta said four police officers were injured in the two days strike action organised by the Swaziland National Association of Teachers.
Hleta said she got a report that three officers were injured on Wednesday in Mbabane while one was injured yesterday in Manzini.
The officers who were manning security during the strike were hit with stones from the crowd.
"In Manzini an officer was hit on the chest with a stone," she said.
Meanwhile, she said she only received a report that one teacher was injured during a confrontation yesterday.
"Only a teacher from Mhubhe High School was injured. Some people had joined the teachers’ strike and were throwing stones at the police.
"The police were maintaining order when the teacher was injured in the confrontation," she said.
... no cash to take shot child to clinic
MALKERNS – The shot girl, Zama Hlophe’s mother, Simile Dlamini, said she did not have money to take her daughter to hospital.
She alleged that she had spent two hours at the police station without receiving help.
"I have decided to bring my child home because I have spent two hours there without help. The police officers told us that we had to wait as a police vehicle had taken other children who were hurt in the skirmish to hospital.
"I bought my daughter pain killers and milk because she complained of chest pains, the bullet could still be lodged in her back. I do not have the money to take her to hospital," said Dlamini.
Total madness shame on you Swaziland Royal Police. You are paid to protect life kepha you are doing the opposite. Emaselini nisontsa bantfu etitelegeni nisontsa bantfu, kuncane kakhulu lokuhle kini sekuvalwe ngulolokubi. Thanks to Tinkhundla government kute lenentiwa kona instead you are praised and given promotion.
Jun 15, 2012, 6:26 AM, K.K. Zinyane (kkz@gmail)
To all parents ,plis never dare send your children to school,while strikes are in progress,I'm also terrified by the violence in such marches! It becomes dangerous for both cops ,civillians ,journalists and students! I'm not a warmonger but I can tell ,a civil strife is looming ,in three years from today! Thank you!
Jun 15, 2012, 6:26 AM,, temza (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Swazi police should wake up and smell the coffee instead of being the PM's puppets.They will always be lagging behind in terms of progress after all they are paid peanuts and cannot stand up for themselves..TEACHERS ARE THE REAL DEAL.
Jun 15, 2012, 6:26 AM, Pittie Dlamini (email@example.com)
I would like all those who praised the police for murdering Scarface to join me in congratulating RSP for unleashing bullets to 9 years olds. Is this the society you think we deserve to live in? You tell me how can you be sure Scarface's case can be worth congratulaTing if the same people go around shooting in schools? Badubula lakunebantfwana khona? Yini lena?
Jun 15, 2012, 11:29 AM, Mgungu Mkhabela (firstname.lastname@example.org)
People are quick to thank the police for apprehending the supposedly Scarface and they are overlooking the issue of police brutality. A bunch of school kids probably ranging from 6 -18 years, being controlled by a bunch of adult police. Can anyone tell me what would go wrong with such kids to demand that police should start firing at them. Yini lelengaka lengentiwa bantfwana yenabakitsi lengabita kutsi baze badutjulwe. This is police brutality at its best. Whosoever, is sending the police to shoot unarmed school children and citizens of this country will face the wrath of GOD. HE is watching and soon HE will act.
Jun 15, 2012, 12:09 PM, Lobhoncela (Bhoncela@yahoo.com)
Its now clear that God has turned his back on SD until this country repents. First it the economic downturn (dont blame the west, SD government brought this upon itself), scarface, Tax/VAT, unregulated food prices and electricity which shot up, next thing was the issue of parking (poor planning kelapho). All these things are happening too fast and almost at the same time. Now innocent kids, civillians are caught in crossfires, police brutality.....corruption, etc.....these are receipts of civil unrest. Until this country really turns back to God and stop having other Gods, etc then something positive might give in. Vinny Ocean....
Jun 15, 2012, 1:06 PM, Vinny (email@example.com)
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