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COPS ARREST SRC, PUDEMO PRESIDENTS

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MANZINI – PUDEMO President Mario Masuku and UNISWA SRC president Maxwell Dlamini were arrested by the police yesterday. Masuku was arrested for allegedly uttering seditious statements, while Dlamini had not been charged by last night.


PUDEMO stands for People’s United Democratic Movement and UNISWA is an acronym for the University of Swaziland.
The PUDEMO president was arrested when approaching the tar road near Bosco Skills Centre as he exited the Salesian Sports Ground after making a speech at the May Day celebrations.


He was aboard a red Toyota Tazz in which he was seated at the back in the company of two men.
Masuku, who is alleged to have sparked disorder and made seditious statements, was taken to the Manzini Police Regional Headquarters where he was questioned and detained. He is currently kept at the Manzini Police Station pending his appearance at the magistrates’ Court today.
On the other hand, UNISWA SRC President Dlamini was also arrested by the police. However at the time of compiling this report, he still had not been charged.


Police Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO) Assistant Superintendent Khulani Mamba confirmed the arrests and said the suspects would appear at the magistrates court.
Meanwhile, PUDEMO’s Second Deputy Secretary General, Mphandlana Shongwe and Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF) Coordinator Wandile Dludlu were turned back by police officers and ordered not to set foot in town.


Shongwe was stopped by the police at Moneni where there was a roadblock and ordered to return home.
The activist was further informed not to go through town as he would be arrested.
“Batsi ngingacali ngingene edolobheni ngitobona sa Sipho Jele-loosely translated, they told me I would experience what Sipho Jele experienced if I defied their orders,” Shongwe alleged.


However, Shongwe was spotted later at the Salesian Sports Ground where the celebrations were held.
A team of about 20 police officers saw him and quickly escorted him back to town where he was further warned not to attend the celebrations.
Dludlu was stopped by the police near Bhunu Mall while driving his vehicle. Information gathered is that police officers from the Serious Crimes Unit (Lukhozi) gave him an order that the Regional Commander wanted to have a word with him.


“When I told them I did not have anything to say to the Regional Commander, they decided to use violence.
“They grabbed me and drove with me to Mbabane in a white Isuzu double-cab, where they dropped me off at my parental home in Msunduza,” Dludlu claimed.


He further alleged the police officers warned him not to go to Manzini. At the time he was interviewed, Dludlu confirmed he had been at his parental place from when he had been dropped off by the officers.

Comments (5 posted):

Mhlonishwa Simelane on 02/05/2014 06:49:38
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Thumbs up to the police team for swiftly attending to the May/workers Day celebration in Manzini. These people should stop mixing tindzaba tetisebenti netembusave.
kalawa on 02/05/2014 08:25:17
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Why do the state always make the May Day a havoc...How many roadblocks do they fix on the Army Day? How many on the Police Day? How many during Incwala & Umhlanga? Why is that when its the Workers' turn then the state send police all over to put 'gari in our already sour soup'? Is this the better way to thank us for our taxes? Kwentekani kani la??? Sifelani eveni labokhokho betfu? Soneni kuHulumende sibasebenti? Why is the May Day always seen as a threat?...ngicoleleni ngemibuzo nami bengingekho
Ntobeko Maseko on 02/05/2014 12:41:08
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KANTI KUYOZE KUBENINI KUHLUKUNYEZWA AMALUNGELO ABANTU KANGWANE?
POLICE MUST STOP THIS THING OF ARRESTING PEOPLE FOR NO REASONS. THEIR DUTY IS TO PROTECT PEOPLE NOT TO HARRAS. IF THEY CONTINUE TO BEHAIVE LIKE THIS BATOKUBONA LOKWABONWA YINJA ESINYAMENI.
Unhappy Camper on 02/05/2014 13:56:51
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This thing of arbitrary arrests and detention is getting tiresome. We can't keep arresting people willy-nilly and depriving them of their constitutionally guaranteed right of movement in the process simply because we think they might break the law wherever they're going. This is illegal, so says our constitution.When we end up losing AGOA as a result we'll start blaming other people and newspapers for not writing enough 'sunshine' news about Swaziland when there's no sunshine anywhere to write about. It's all storms and more storms causing 'soil erosion' like never before. As a Swazi I'm now getting tired of it all.
putsa on 02/05/2014 16:07:47
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swaziland is a police state bt da ppl shal overcum its tym to take up arms an take our land bk

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