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MANZINI - A car which was travelling the late Thabani Nkomonye’s mother was shot, allegedly by the police.

The incident allegedly took place on Sunday evening around 8pm at Ngwane Park. The mother of Thabani, Siphiwe Mkhabela was travelling with a 34-year-old man, who was driving, when the incident happened. According to an impeccable source, the car was supposedly shot once while at Ngwane Park, but luckily, no one was injured. The source claimed that the police who are purported to have shot the car, were part of a team which was deployed to patrol around Manzini and surrounding areas, including Ngwane Park. He said after the incident, the duo went home and yesterday morning, they went to the Manzini Police Station, where they reported the matter and opened a case against the police. After reporting the matter, the source claimed that the police promised the complainant that they would investigate it and give a report.


He alleged that the police said their investigation would start with getting the list of the officers who were deployed to patrol around the area on the day in question and they would then find out how the shooting incident took place. When reached for comment, Mkhabela said she could only confirm that the car she was travelling in on Sunday night was shot, allegedly by the police. She asked not to comment about the incident until she received a report from the police, who promised her that they would investigate and revert to her. On the other hand, Chief Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati said there were over 20 vehicles that were found at Ngwane Park. She said the cars were found there after 8pm and the people were ordered to disperse, but they did not comply. She said when the police emphasised to the people to disperse, they did not and other means were used. However, Vilakati said a complaint was reported with the police that a vehicle was shot while at Ngwane Park on Sunday.


“We are still trying to investigate on what happened and how was the car shot,” she said. Worth noting is that as a stringent way to restrict the spread of COVID-19, government set an 11-hour curfew, between 6pm-5am. During this period, the public is encouraged to be at home. Thabani is the 25-year-old University of Eswatini Law student who went missing on the night of Saturday May 8, 2021 after the car, a Mazda II Demio, which he was driving, was said to have been involved in a road traffic accident at Nhlambeni, along the Mhlaleni/Nhlangano Public Road. After the accident, his body was not located. It was eventually discovered five days later, on May 13, 2021 and it was about 20 metres from where the car was found. It is worth mentioning that Thabani’s mother is one of the key witnesses in the ongoing inquest into his death.

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