Police Commissioner's public apology
MATSAPHA – Police Commissioner Isaac Magagula was disappointed to learn that a police officer was allegedly involved in the Riverstone Mall armed robbery, during which about E1 million was stolen.
He has publicly apologised.
The Commissioner says they still could not believe that the police officer who has already been arrested formed part of the armed men who killed a security guard.
The officer who is alleged to have been involved in the armed robbery was arrested on Tuesday evening and was taken to the Mbabane Police Station where he was detained while waiting to be charged.
He holds the junior rank of Constable and is stationed in Manzini under the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
In his speech during a Crime Prevention campaign held at the Matsapha Police Station (Sigodvweni) yesterday, Magagula said the news that a police officer was involved in the heist was disturbing.
"We are disappointed that one of our own, a police officer, is involved in the case," he said.
"This is a damning indictment and assault on our integrity. We will do everything possible to root out rotten potatoes as we can ill afford to have misfits and saboteurs in our midst who undo the work of upright and committed officers. We are sorry about what happened and assure the public that the law will take its course without exception."
Magagula also thanked the team that was investigating the case, saying they were doing a sterling job.
"I take this opportunity to thank the police tasked with investigating the brazen Riverstone Mall robbery case for the commitment and dedication shown in their duties," he said.
"We are optimistic that even the fugitives of the law who are still at large will eventually be brought to book." Magagula said as police officers their aim was to see Matsapha becoming crime free.
"The Matsapha area is of special importance to the economy of our country as it has the largest concentration of industrial estates," he said.
"It is the most active development of its kind in the kingdom with manufacturing concerns of diverse types and sizes and a conduit to international markets by virtue of housing an inland container depot. The area provides employment opportunities to thousands of Swazis and is a popular location for investments."
He said common crimes in the area included housebreaking and theft, robbery, murder and rape.
"We have to put these crimes under control if the attractiveness of Matsapha as a preferred location for investment is to be sustained," he said.
"To curtail the crime of house- breaking and theft, we appeal to owners of businesses and homes to strengthen security measures around their premises, to render them hard targets for criminal elements. In the case of robbery because it is often committed through the use of illegal firearms, we appeal for public assistance in reporting any person suspected to be in possession of an illegal firearm."
Concerning rape cases, the commissioner warned women to avoid walking alone in dark alleys particularly at night as this renders them vulnerable to attack.
"With regard to crime of violence like murder, including grievous assaults, we have noted that most occur in and around bars and sheebens," he said.
"We therefore appeal to bar owners to ensure that there is enough security in their premises and also adhere to closing times as stipulated in their licences and that their establishments are not turned into dens of crime.
Those operating illegal drinking spots are warned to desist from breaking the law as such places contribute to the escalation of crime. Members of the community are also urged to report illegal sheebens to the police."
…he defends cops again
MATSAPHA – The police have assured the public that they will ensure their safety, as the country experiences several protests.
"As a consequence to the current labour impasse, members of the Royal Swaziland Police Service together with members of the sister forces have been deployed in various government institutions including hospitals, clinics and schools to maintain law and order," said the Police Commissioner.
"Their role in this respect is none other than to ensure that workers who want to go to work are not intimidated or disturbed by those who are in support of the prevailing situation. Hence, insinuation and accusations that the officers do the direct opposite are unfortunate and cannot be farther from the truth."
Magagula was grateful to all those who made the Matsapha Crime Prevention Day a success saying they were hoping that people will understand the importance of stopping crime in the country.
Among those who made the event a success included the Matsapha Town Board, Unitrans, and Standard Bank.
Unitrans rendered financial support of E20 000 which was utilised to produce the branded T-shirts, caps and water-bottles.
In another development, he revealed that the public, especially those in the business community, had been robbed of over E7 million through fictitious business dealings.
This amount was taken from the people corned in a space of a year.
Magagula said their records between January last year and June this year, reflected that the public has lost over E7 million.
"Cases where people are corned in dubious or fictitious business dealings are on the increase," he said.
"Such cases manifest in various ways which are in exhaustible. In some instances, some of the conmen incite their victims with promises of securing lucrative tenders to provide services in well known projects being implemented around the country. They promise their victim that he or she will secure a tender and require upfront payment of commitment fees to facilitate the tender.
Magagula must spare us his apology,the higher u go ther colder it becomes. Training for 6mths and wearing these blue uniform wl nt change dt u are a criminal,u can take a horse 2 the river bt u cant force it 2 drink.the cops of these century are nt those of merit bt of favors, kuyadliswana,bomzala babo supert,nabomalume,sebangena ngebantfu,ngemdizo bese kutsi labo labàbitiwe dy take intrvw 4rm d first 2 d last stage bt dy failed it ngemabomu enu maphoyisa, so just stay tuned,utawubaphikela untl u say yes ngoba great shame is in d way.what goes around surely shall comes around
July 22, 2012, 10:00 PM, qm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Its so disgusting to hear that one of the culprits was a cop,as much as kusachamuka i-list from high rankings of the kingdom loku kusesekuncane because kute an intensive research leyentiwako before being recruited to the forces.One day uyova kutsi kugileke umnikati and where is Wendy,utsini with his defencive tactics.
July 22, 2012, 10:00 PM, Lodvumele (Lokwatile@kakhulu)
Don't waste our time commissioner everyone knows that cops are not clean, their children have expensive stolen exhibits. That reminds me of one instance where in a community we all came to one conclusion to buy a certain class of water pipe and there he came along a certain officer with an old green horse-pipe. He found it expensive to buy what we wanted.
July 22, 2012, 10:00 PM, total disorder
ITS A SIGN OF RESPECT FOR THE OLD MAN TO APOLOGISE IN HIS STATUS, BUT THE GENERAL SITUATION IN SD IS "CRAP ITS GOOD FOR THE 0LD MAN TO APOLOGISE IN HIS POSITION , BUT THE SITUATION IS CRAP. ANYONE IN THIS CONSTABLE,S POSITION , WILL DO THE SAME GIVEN THE CHOICE, TISEBENTI TILAMBILE, EVEN THE INNOCENT ONES ARE VULNERABLE. LETS STOP BEING PROUD OF IMPRISONING THE SUSPECTS, LETS SORT OUT THE PRIMARY PROBLEM, WHICH IS POVERTY, CAUSED BY SELFISHNESS. MPUMIE
July 22, 2012, 10:00 PM, MPUMIE VILAKATI (email@example.com)