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MANZINI – Siphofaneni Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Mduduzi Simelane took a swipe at the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Manqoba Khumalo.

Simelane made allegations against the minister, which for now cannot be repeated as they have not been independently verified by this publication. While addressing the public, Simelane constantly noted that Khumalo was a man of God who had also assisted him in having a factory constructed in Siphofaneni. The legislator also claimed that he was in possession of sensitive communication between the two which he wondered how Khumalo would get rid of. He expressed his concerns and extended sympathy to the minister on his (Khumalo) structure which was vandalised and torched by protesters at the climax of political unrests in the country. Minister Khumalo was reached for comment but did not wish to be drawn into the matter.

In the same breath, Simelane said he had engaged some members of the business community to have signs that would depict that their businesses were independent from government so that they could be spared from destruction should another unrest take place.
“Please don’t destroy businesses that are run by people struggling like you; even the trucks. I was saddened by this as one was destroyed in Siphofaneni,” he said. Also, Simelane addressed Manzini North Constituency MP Macford Sibandze whom he praised and referred to as a genius. However, he pointed out that the MP (Sibandze) may have been misquoted or quoted out of context. This, he said, was in reference to some legislators seeking guns to protect themselves. “I know you are a genius and you could be misunderstood and I hope you will clear the air at some point,” Simelane said. In his address, Simelane said he was addressing Sibandze because he was his friend while also said he was not campaigning for him.

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