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National Commissioner’s plot to kidnap Students Union President Colani Maseko exposed.

Saturday, 7th August, 2021

MANZINI: William Dlamini, the National Commissioner of Police is allegedly in a mission to kidnap Colani Maseko, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), he is inviting him to a private meeting at the Police Headquarters.

This comes after the arrest of two pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs) in Mduduzi ‘Bacede’ Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube who were charged with terrorism. 

The SNUS President was working along side these MPs in the calls for democratic reforms.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, the President said his concern was that the National Commissioner did not write a formal letter inviting him to the secret meeting adding that he was also worried about his safety as the agenda of the meeting was not clear enough and he wished that the meeting could be held at a neutral place.

If the NATCOM is serious about meeting me, he should meet me at ST Paul’s ground where he instructed police to fire teargas during Thabani’s Nkomonye’s memorial service in the presence of students. I don’t hold secret meetings with thugs and murderers", said the SNUS President .

Electronic evidence in possession of this publication revealed that the Commissioner made the invite through Deputy Commissioner *Roo Shabangu* who claimed not be aware of the agenda adding that he was told not to involve too many people in order to prevent this matter from reaching the media.

 “The National Commissioner has asked me to make an appointment with you on Monday at 10 am at the headquarters. I also don’t know what he wants from you.  The order was that I shouldn’t send anyone else to take you to him but I should personally take you there”, said the Deputy Commissioner .

Phindile Vilakati, the Police Spokesperson did not respond to our questionnaire when asked to make comments on  this matter.

Brian Sangweni, the Spokesperson of the  People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) advised the SNUS President to dictate the terms of the meeting for his own safety.

“We advise Maseko to dictate the terms and conditions of the meeting. If they force him to go to a certain place that would be a violation of human rights.  Maseko should be seen in a neutral area where he is comfortable. This is because he is a pro-democracy activist, who has criticized the government many times. They normally use this strategy of being polite when inviting you to such meetings, you might find that he will be tortured”, the PUDEMO Spokesperson said.

National Commissioner’s plot to kidnap Students Union President Colani Maseko exposed.
Students Union President Colani Maseko