NYANYALI: Ayanda Dlamini (26), the woman who was incarcerated for demanding her child who disappeared during the Incwala ritual ceremony will finally appear in court tomorrow(Thursday) after spending over a month in jail.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Wednesday, Titi Mdluli, a mother to Ayanda said as a family they were relieved that their daughter would finally appear in court after spending so much time in jail.
“Ayanda was incarcerated on the 26th March, we are quite relieved that she will be appearing for her bail hearing at the Nhlangano Magistrate Courts tomorrow. We would like to urge Emaswati to convene in their numbers at the courts by 9 am to offer moral support to our daughter who is being harassed by the state police for demanding her missing child”, she said.
Those who would like to make contributions towards her bail can do so via e-wallet or MTN Mobile Money to 76802641 .
Colani Hlatshwayo , the One Billion Rising Africa Coordinator said all women rights organisations would be at the Nhlangano Magistrate Courts tomorrow and further urged the Nation to join them in offering moral support to Ayanda.
“All women rights organisations will be at the Nhlangano Magistrate Courts tomorrow, we would like to urge all Emaswati to join us in offering moral support to Ayanda. We are not only doing this for Ayanda but we will be also doing this for future victims”, said the One Billion Rising Coordinator.
In an earlier interview with this publication, Sibusiso Nhlabatsi, a human rights lawyer said it was suprising that the woman who was a complainant after her child disappeared was later arrested and nothing was communicated by the police regarding the whereabouts of the child.
“As we speak, she doesn’t know where her child is and whether the child is dead or alive. It should be noted that this is not the first time, the woman was arrested before and allegedly abused by the police. So this campaign by the women rights organisations is justified because even if we cannot justify the criminal acts that later happened at Nyanyali, all these acts were the results of the missing child”, said the human rights lawyer.
On or around 20th January 2021, Ayanda Dlamini, the mother to one of the children who disappeared during the Incwala ritual ceremony told this publication that she was taken to the Hlathikhulu police station where she was allegedly assaulted by the state police. She was accused of being part of the residents that burnt the home of Samu Ngwenya, the prime suspect in the disappearance of the two children.
“Police abducted and took me to the Hlathikhulu Police Station where I was questioned about the burning of a home belonging to Ngwenya. While at the police station, they suffocated me with a plastic bag and assaulted me”, she said.
Persecuted Nyanyali woman whose child disappeared during Incwala ceremony to appear in court on Thurday