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MALKERNS – A man estimated to be 37 years old died after he was allegedly forced to drink a poisoned juice by four men.

The men allegedly later left him slumped in  the front seat  of  his car at  TNF Puma Filling Station  entrance on Thursday night. According to sources, this happened around 10pm on Thursday when the filling station had already been closed. It is said that the four men were inside the car when they forced the deceased to drink what seemed like a store bought boxed fruit juice which they had allegedly poured a poisonous substance into.
Narrating how it happened, the source said the four men were seen alighting from the car running off in full speed after the deed, with one shouting that they had succeeded in their plan. “We saw the car parked at the entrance of the filling station shop and we wented to check as to who was inside and we saw a man on the driver’s seat with his head  seemingly resting on the steering wheel.  


“The doors were unlocked so we tried to wake him up but as we were trying, we heard him coughing and that is the last sound we heard. Inside the car there was a strong foul  smell,” revealed the source. “We then took turns and called the Malkerns Police Station, which is in close proximity to where we were but we were told that they would check up on the incident  the following morning. “People came and everybody took turns to inspect the deceased car until the police showed up the following morning,” disclosed the source. “We were puzzled as to why they had left the car if they were robbers.”

Another source revealed that the owner of the car was known to them as a customer as he used the garage  frequently to top up fuel. Members of the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) are said to have arrived in the morning with the forensic unit and codorned the location where the incident had occurred. Sources said that the police first retrieved the box of the suspected poisoned  liquor fruit  juice box which was on the passenger seat .
The sources said that the body was ferried to the Mbabane Government Hospital while the car was towed to the Malkerns Police Station for further investigations. One interesting find was that the suspects  seemingly knew how to shield  their faces from the filling station’s security CCTV   cameras. Chief Police Information and Communication Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati confirmed the incident.


“A 37-year-old man of Velezizweni was found dead inside a car at Malkerns. No one has been arrested and we appeal to the members of the public to assist us as we carry on with our investigations,” Vilakati said. An employee at the Malkerns Filling Station, who preferred to remain anonymous, felt that they were no longer safe as even police were no longer responding to emergencies at night. Impeccable sources have said that the deceased hails from Velezizweni, Mankayane but was renting a house around Malkerns.

On Wednesday evening, a police officer, stationed at Nhlangano Police Station, Tigezile Magongo was shot seven times by gunmen while parking her motor vehicle at her homestead in Nhlangano. Magongo was a wife to Federation of Swaziland Trade Union (FESWATU) and Nhlangano Mayor Mashumi Shongwe.

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