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image The father of the survivor Mfisha Vusi Mnisi looking shocked as he visited his son at the Mbabane Government Hospital yesterday. (pic: Sibusiso Shange)

MBABANE – A 21-year-old man is lying in agony in hospital after he was shot by police at close range after refusing to board their vehicle.

This, after he had been fingered to be one of those who pelted vehicles with stones and further threw rubbish in the road. The bullet pierced through the man’s stomach due to the close proximity of the shooting. The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday in Ezulwini near Boma Restaurant.

A witness said the shooting happened after Simanga Mnisi and his friend took to their heels when the police ordered them to board their vehicle.
The witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mnisi, who was on his way home from a drinking spot, was accused of overturning dustbins and pelting motorists with stones along the road.

In an interview with Mnisi in his hospital bed yesterday, he confirmed that the police had accused them of overturning the dustbins along the road. He denied being involved in any of this and accused a certain gang of doing it.
Mnisi said they saw the gang overturning the dustbins when they returned from the drinking spot. “I think the police were called by a concerned motorist when he/she noted the gang’s wayward behaviour.

“They found us at the Galp Filling Station and asked us about the dustbins that were overturned along the road. They did not give us an opportunity to explain further but ordered us to board the vehicle.” Mnisi claimed.
He acknowledged that they took to their heels because they did not understand why they had to be taken to the police station. Mnisi said after running for about 100 metres, he was shot.

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