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King’s police torturing squad profiles: Meet Deputy Commissioner Sam Mthembu

Friday, 13th March, 2020

MBABANE:To assist international Human Rights Organizations and the public with information regarding the names and identities of King Mswati’s police torturing squad, we have introduced this column where we will profile them one-by one every week.

This team has been put in place to torture and kill political activists including independent journalists. It is worth noting that some police alleged victims include Sipho Jele, the late member of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) who was allegedly killed for wearing his organization t-shirt.

Recently, the police harassed and subsequently tortured journalist Zweli Martin Dlamini, the editor of the Swaziland News for writing critical articles about King Mswati.


Deputy Commissioner Sam Mthembu


Sam Mthembu is the Deputy National Commissioner of Police who currently heads the King’s ‘hit squad’ known as ‘Tingculungculu’. He is the Director General Crime Detection Services within the Royal Eswatini Police Service(REPS)

Mthembu was leading the squad that tortured Swaziland News editor Zweli Martin Dlamini and he issued an order to that effect. The Deputy Commissioner is focusing mostly on people who criticize the King, he is part of the team that raided, seize electronic gadgets and subsequently interrogated leaders of the Political Parties Assembly(PPA). 

King’s police torturing squad profiles: Meet Deputy Commissioner Sam Mthembu
Deputy National Commissioner Sam Mthembu