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MBABANE – A rather peaceful march by teachers turned violent when they attempted to force their way into Cabinet gates.

This resulted in a policeman losing his cool and used his baton to beat up the unruly teachers who had turned chaotic.
The baton broke while the police officer used it to restrain the teachers who were pushing the Cabinet gates.

The agitated officer used his baton to beat-up the hands of the teachers who were forcing the gate open.
They were immediately called to order by the Executive Committee before things got out of hand.
Teachers had intended to deliver a petition at the Prime Minister’s offices. Along the way, they sang derogatory songs directed to the PM which cannot be repeated. 

Swaziland National Association of Teacher’ (SNAT) Freedom Dlamini said their intention was to visit the PM as he seemed to like seeing the teachers ‘because he hardly acts on grievances, so this tells us he loves seeing us here’. “It has been a while since we last set foot in this place and I am sure that they wanted us to greet them,” he jokingly said.
Dlamini said as SNAT, they believed that there was no dog without a person to put it on the leash, which was why they were at the PM’s offices.

According to Dlamini, they were aware that Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service Evart Madlopha spent sleepless nights trying to stop them from delivering the petition at the PM’s office.
“That is why we will not deliver anything but we will leave a prayer as this place desperately needs spiritual intervention,” Dlamini said.

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