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MANZINI – Another suspect has died in the hands of the Royal Swaziland Police after he was suffocated using the now infamous technique known as ‘tubing’.

The police took the man who worked as barber to assist them in an investigation at about 8:30am yesterday and a few hours later, he was reported dead. The police officers, as they led the suspect away, had warned his work mates that he would not return.


A part of Manzini came to a standstill as about 100 sympathisers gathered at the Manzini Police station to enquire about their colleague whom they were told died during interrogation.
Melusi reported to his workstation at the Enterprise Building yesterday morning where he runs a barbershop in a salon he rents with about five other hairdressers, without knowing it was his last day of life.

While he cut a customer’s hair, police from the Criminal Investigations Department came for him.
They put him in handcuffs and led him to the Manzini Police Station where he later died in while being interrogated.


The CIDs are said to have warned Melusi’s friends that it was the last time they were seeing him, and a few hours later, the police officers’ word proved true.
He was being questioned for being in possession of a stolen CD writer.
A fellow hairdresser, who was among those who witnessed the events as they unfolded, said they were doing their daily business when a man they were familiar with came around to sell them the CD writer.

“Since Melusi was interested in the machine, he bought the machine and put it in the shelves while he worked on his customers.”
The witness said in less than 30 minutes, the man who had sold Melusi the CD writer came in the company of CID officers.

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