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MBABANE – The escalating violence in Eswatini could soon see  over 1 400 people jobless.  

This is the gloom possibility for workers as Guard Alert Services Director Scott Long has hinted at  the prospect of closing down the business.
This comes after the company’s supervisor and trainee were brutally attacked by two men, one an employee and another an ex-employee at the company’s headquarters in Mbabane, last month. Not only did it end there but the threats have continued ever since.

According to Long, one of the attackers was arrested and charged with attempted murder, while the other managed to evade arrest but not for long as at the time of compiling this report, Deputy Police Information and Communications Officer Nosipho Mnguni disclosed that the other suspect was caught and arrested last night. He was arrested by Mbabane police. Long further disclosed that another  one of his employees  (name  deliberately withheld), also posted threats and  was inciting violence against the 23 inspectors and the company on Facebook, after the attack.

The threats cannot be repeated because of their defamatory nature and the director said after receiving such threats through social media platforms and phone calls, he then reported the matter at the Matsapha Police Station.“Matsapha police told us that they cannot open a case docket or arrest him, until we, Guard Alert Security, as the company first hold a disciplinary hearing and only after that can they (police) get involved,” alleged  Long.


The director revealed that due to the threats and the actual attack on one of his inspectors, he was seriously contemplating closing the business  and leaving the country for good. “I love Eswatini, I am not politically aligned and I am very much disturbed by the increasing  acts of violence. I fail to understand why people have resorted to violent means instead of dialogue. In this particular case, the supervisor, Donny Makhanya, found one of the employees who ended up being the assailant, not present at his duty post. He did his job and gave him a warning letter for deserting his duty post and that was his only crime,” explained the director. Furthermore, Long disclosed that he then resorted to writing a letter to the National Commissioner of Police William ‘Tsitsibala’ Dlamini, in a bid to try and seek answers as to why the police refused to open a case against one of the employees who had allegedly incited violence against his employees and further issued threats against   the company on social media.


“I have been waiting for a response from the national commissioner and I am very disappointed that I have not received a response yet my employees are now afraid to go to work due to these threats. “If the police continue not to be proactive and show commitment to solving these cases of violence, I have no choice but  to shutdown and leave the country after 40 years in business,” said  Long.

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