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POLITICAL ACTIVIST DRAGGED OUT OF COURT

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image Police officers forcefully drag Dludlu away from Sihlongonyane.

MBABANE – Political activist Wandile Dludlu yesterday clashed with police officers at the High Court.


The confrontation between Dludlu, who is coordinator of the Swaziland United Democratic Front and the law enforcers started after they spotted him taking pictures using a cellphone.


 He alleged that one of the senior polices officers threatened to assault him in the event he did not delete the pictures.
They told him that only journalists were allowed to take pictures within the High Court.
This did not go down well with him as he confronted one of the officers demanding an apology.


Dludlu, who was already hot under the collar, demanded an apology from Assistant Superintendent Clement Sihlongonyane, whom he alleged threatened to assault him after he refused to delete the pictures.


He told the police officers that he was only going to delete the pictures on condition that the senior cop apologised.
The police officers who were present when it all happened, however, disputed that Sihlongonyane threatened Dludlu. 
They informed this reporter that he only asked him to delete the pictures.


It was after seeing that Dludlu was not prepared to delete the pictures that Sihlongonyane left him with the other officers and went to court.
This happened outside Court B, where the bail application of former Minister Sibusiso Shongwe, Judges Mpendulo Simelane and Jacobus Annandale and Registrar of the High Court Fikile Nhlabatsi was being heard. Detective Ngcebo Vermaak tried to reason with Dludlu but he could hear none of it as he forced his way to the courtroom and went straight to where the senior officer was seated.

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