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 MBABANE – A South African man, who allegedly smuggled livestock worth over E500 000 into the country, has accused the police and members of the community policing forum of kidnapping him from his home to arrest him.

Mduduzi Mabuyakhulu (30) of Manyiseni has been charged with 10 counts of contravening the Stock Theft Act No.11/1987. He is alleged to have stolen 145 cattle, 48 goats and 18 sheep between 2009 and 2016. The total value of the livestock is E555 400.

Mabuyakhulu was arrested on December 9, 2016 by Lubulini police. He was initially charged with four counts but the charge sheet was later amended to 10 counts.
The suspect has been kept in custody since his trial resumed on September 12, 2017.

Through his attorney, Noncedo Ndlangamandla of Mabila Attorneys, Mabuyakhulu filed an application for bail at the High Court on Thursday.
He alleged that the local police, members of the community police forum and community members arrived at his home in Manyisa at night and broke down the door to his house.

He alleged that they smuggled him into the country during the night and handed him over to the army. Mabuyakhulu claimed that the soldiers assaulted him severely.
He alleged that he suffers from pain around the waist area due to the alleged assault and he has been in and out of hospital.
According to Mabuyakhulu, the alleged kidnapping was reported to the South African police who conducted an investigation.

He stated that the South African police met him at Big Bend Correctional Services to interview him on how he arrived in the country.
He further alleged that officials from the South African High Commission intervened and they attended his case at the Big Bend Circuit Court.

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