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MBABANE- A 35-year-old man of Mvutshini in Ezulwini was on Saturday shot in both legs after allegedly escaping from police custody shortly after being arrested.

Information gathered was to the effect that Thulani Issa Fakudze had just been arrested for allegedly breaching Section 15 (3) of the Public Order Act of 2017 when he reportedly escaped from the custody of Constable Siphiwo Sikhondze from Lobamba Police Station.


Fakudze is accused of stealing a Defy deep freezer and a glass display fridge, both totalling E12 000. The items were allegedly stolen at TSK General Dealer on June 29, 2021 during the unrest which resulted in the vandalism, looting and burning of some businesses in the country. Through his lawyer, Fakudze applied for bail in order to be able to seek medical attention. He submitted that his injuries required proper medical attention as he was allegedly shot three times in both legs. The accused mentioned that he had not accessed medication, not even painkillers since he was shot last Saturday.  He was walking with the aid of a broomstick when he appeared in court, which he used as a crutch. In view of the circumstances, Acting Mbabane Senior Magistrate Sifiso Vilakati granted Fakudze bail fixed at E2 000. This was after the Crown had informed the court that it was not opposing the bail application. Magistrate Vilakati stated that Fakudze was granted bail to enable him to seek medical attention. The court warned Fakudze to appear in court on July 30, 2021, pending trial on September 25, 2021. Fakudze had a verbal showdown with a police officer while on his way to a police van.


It all started after he accused the officer of the law of ill-treating him. Fakudze also accused the police officer of not affording him an opportunity to call his relatives after he was granted bail. His lawyer had to intervene when the officer of the law instructed Fakudze to board the police van during the course of the argument.

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