MATSAPHA: Incarcerated pro-democracy Members of Parliament(MPs) Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube were heavily assaulted by Correctional Services officers in the early morning hours on Thursday, insiders told this publication.
Reached for comments, human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko confirmed receiving the information adding that he would rush to check on the MPs.
“It’s true, I received very disturbing information that the MPs were assaulted with guns in the early hours today(Thursday).Bacede is reported to be heavily bleeding while Mthandeni was injured in the eyes.In my capacity as a human rights lawyer, I will rush to check-on them,” said the lawyer.
The insiders disclosed that the Warders pretended as if they were assaulting all prisoners but the main focus was on the two MPs.
It has been disclosed that King Mswati, before leaving the country to New York allegedly issued an order suggesting that the pro-democracy MPs must be assaulted inside prison.
Superintendent Gugulethu Dlamini, the Spokesperson of the Correctional Services declined to comment on the matter.
Dlamini previously told this publication that she would have to get permission from Government before commenting.
“I will have to get permission from Government before commenting”, said the Correctional Services Spokesperson.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, lawyer Ben J Simelane who is representing the MPs confirmed that his clients were heavily assaulted.
“They were assaulted in the early hours today(Thursday), we are still assessing the situation and their condition and we might consider filing an urgent application in court seeking an order that the MPs be examined by doctors,” said the lawyer.
Pro-democracy MPs Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube were arrested and charged with terrorism merely for demanding democratic reforms on behalf of the people who elected them.
As per an electronic evidence in our possession, the then Army Commander Jeffery Shabalala confirmed that an order to arrest the MPs was issued by King Mswati who rules eSwatini as an absolute Monarch.
Incarcerated pro-democracy MPs Mthandeni Dube and Bacede Mabuza.