MANZINI: Protesters allegedly ignored gun shots and vandalised Fairview Police Station after the Police Executive Command failed to give clear answers regarding the death of Thabani Nkomonye.
As a result, the Police Post has been closed, all officers who were deployed in that area will now report to the Manzini Police Station for duty.
Information gathered suggests that the protesters arrived at the Police Post armed with stones and vandalized the Post, two officers allegedly tried in vain to stop them after firing shots in the air.
A police officer who was very close to the matter told this publication that only two officers were left at the Police Post and it transpired that the protesters were aware that most officers were deployed in Manzini to deal with protests.
“Lentfo yoniwe boMngometulu(meaning:This was caused by Mngometulu’s blunder)who were tasked with commanding the operations during the protests, they deployed almost all the officers at Manzini. The protesters walked from Manzini to Fairview, they were angry that they didn’t receive convincing answers regarding the death of Thabani and went on to vandalise the Police Post. No one is there as we speak, all officers are in Manzini” ,said the officer.
A questionnaire was sent to Phindile Vilakati, the Eswatini Police Spokesperson, however, she had not responded at the time compiling this report.
Meanwhile police allegedly fired teargas and live ammunition during Thabani Nkomonye’s memorial service, women including the elderly were among casualties.
Siphofaneni Member of Parliament(MP) Mduduzi Magawugawu Simelane who attended the memorial service had to cut his speech short as police began firing teargas to stop the service.
Fairview Police Post vandalised