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 MBABANE – It is getting tougher with each passing day for the hundreds of Swazis who are desperate to obtain study permits at the South African High Commission.

This is because after finding themselves with no option but to spend the night on the floor at The New Mall, they now have another dilemma.
This time it is the police who are causing them a headache by banning them from spending the night on the premises.

Yesterday, some of those who had come with camp chairs and blankets with the hope of spending the night on the floor, were disappointed when the police arrived and made it known that no one would be allowed to sleep there.

When this reporter visited the premises yesterday at around 6pm, there were two police officers, a male and a female, who were found explaining to some of those who were already coiled in their blankets that they would not be allowed to hold the vigil at the mall.

“The police are telling us that the nearby shops have complained about safety. We do not know what to do now that the police are chasing us away. The only way to get the service at the high commission is to sleep here so that we are able to be part of the list of those who would be attended to the following day,” one of the people said.

Most of the students and parents were adamant that they were not going to leave the premises.
This, they said, was because they were not convinced by the high commission officers who gave them specific numbers with the promise that they would use them when they come the following day.

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