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Eswatini Correctional Services Commissioner Phindile Dlamini orders Matsapha warders to provide food to pro-democracy solidarity forces suspects once a week,no blankets.

Tuesday, 30th January, 2024

MBABANE:Phindile Dlamini,the Commissioner General of the Correctional Services has ordered warders within the Matsapha Maximum Prison to provide food to incarcerated suspected members of the Swaziland International Solidarity Forces(SISF) only once a week.

It has been disclosed that the freedom fighters are also forced to sleep on the floor without blankets and consistently beaten without any reason.

A questionnaire was sent to the Commissioner General, however, she had not responded at the time of compiling this report.

But Professor Dlamini,one of the lawyers representing the incarcerated freedom fighters confirmed that, his clients were complaining with hunger.

“I was informed that they are only provided with soup and when they asked,they were told that cabbages and beans were destroyed by the storm. Well I am not  sure because, as a result of the situation, some prisoners are forced to buy food from canteen, maybe it’s their way to generate revenue by reducing the food”, said the lawyer when speaking to editor Zweli Martin Dlamini.

The freedom fighters were arrested merely for demanding democratic reforms, they are facing politically motivated terrorism charges.

Eswatini Correctional Services Commissioner Phindile Dlamini orders Matsapha warders to provide food to pro-democracy solidarity forces suspects once a week,no blankets.
Matsapha Prison.