NHLANGANO: Trevor Shongwe, the Secretary General of the Eswatini Cannabis Association has expressed shock and disappointment with the conduct of the police who shot and killed an alleged dagga dealer at Nhlangano on Friday.
Sihle Dludlu who was allegedly earning a living through dagga farming was shot dead by Mxolisi Mbatha, a police officer based at Nhlangano.
Eswatini is a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa with about 70% of the population living below the poverty line, some, including the youth, survive through cannabis farming.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, the Secretary General said dagga farmers were becoming a target for the State police and described this as very unfortunate as most people survived through cannabis farming.
“What is more painful is that we are killed by our brothers and sisters who know very well that our parents used this plant to generate money to feed and send us to school”, he said.
Superintendent Phindile Vilakati, the eSwatini police Spokesperson had not responded at the time of compiling this report.
It is alleged that residents of Nhlangano protested after witnessing the shooting, police later fired teargas to disperse the crowd.
Police shot dead an alleged dagga dealer.