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MBABANE – “A female police officer sat on my face with her buttocks on my mouth.”

“Watsi namuhla utawudla longazange sewukudle, (You will eat what you have never eaten before),” submitted Vusi Thwala of Mahamba, who alleged that he was assaulted by members of the Royal Swaziland Police on suspicions that he stole motor vehicle parts and fuel at the Central Transport Administration (CTA) Depot in Nhlangano.

Thwala worked at the depot as a security guard and he, and three others, were responsible looking after the vehicles at the depot.
Thwala, who is represented by Sifiso Jele of Mabila Attorneys, yesterday gave evidence before Principal Judge Qinisile Mabuza.
He was arrested and discharged allegedly due to lack of evidence. Thwala is demanding a sum of E272 000 from government for unlawful arrest, detention and assault among other damages.

The security guard submitted that as a result of the alleged assault by the police in January 2012, he still suffers from chest pains and his left ear still troubles him. He said after he was arrested, he appeared at the Nhlangano Magistrates Court and he was allegedly remanded in custody since the police were still investigating.

Thwala told the court that he was allegedly taken to a forest by the police, where they assaulted him and ordered that he revealed where the stolen items were kept. He was allegedly choked and assaulted with kicks and stones.
The principal judge asked Thwala if the police explained to him why they assaulted him and his response was that they informed him they wanted the stolen items.


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