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POLICE WORKING TIRELESSLY TO ARREST CULPRITS - NATCOM

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SIDZAKENI – Police are working tirelessly, due to the current political unrest which has seen government buildings being burnt.

As a result, they are in the process of finding and putting behind bars the culprits behind the damage to the national property. This was said by National Commissioner of Police (NATCOM) William Tsitsibala Dlamini during the presentation of a house by the Royal Eswatini Police Service to Gogo Sithole at Sidzakeni yesterday. The presentation ceremony was attended by traditional authorities of the area, community members, police officers, as well as donors who contributed towards the construction of Gogo Sithole’s house.

Vandalism

The NATCOM said the police service was presently experiencing sporadic class boycotts and vandalism in a number of schools around the country as well as disturbances from undesirable elements disrupting the learning process in schools where peaceful learning was taking place. “Kuhlupheka kwetfu singemaSwati namuhla kuhlupheka kwelive. Singemaphoyisa siyagijima, sihlushwa yindzaba leyinhlupheko- kusha tinkhundla netakhiwo tahulumende,” he said. Dlamini said he had noted how pupils defied rules and disturbed the learning process by rioting. He highlighted that other pupils were not going to take their practical examinations because they were left with no structures to learn from. He said this was not ideal and urged emaSwati to revert to respect. Dlamini stated that if there were any grievances, dialogue should be used.     

“We do not sleep a wink, searching for the culprits. It is our prayer that they end up in jail,” he said. Dlamini further urged communities, parents and leadership structures to play a leading role in protecting and preserving the ideal learning environment for the benefit of the future generation. Further, the NATCOM appealed to society to desist from the despicable tendency and practice of burning and vandalising government structures, including tinkhundla centres and school buildings.  He said such acts of subversion were condemned in the strongest possible terms. Dlamini elaborated that it was against this background that the police service appealed to the peace-loving citizens of the country to assist them with information that would lead to the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the perpetrators of the acts of sabotage.  

The NATCOM mentioned that there was a cash reward for such information that would be proffered to the police. He said the police were already getting information from emaSwati on those who were behind the burning and damage to government structures. Meanwhile, he pointed out that seeing minors on various social media platforms communicating disparaging comments about the nation was a clear indication that they were being used by their parents. Dlamini said children were even making utterances about people they did not know because their parents (allegedly) instructed them to do so. He said it was uncalled for and criminal.

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