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Eswatini police detains assassinated human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko’s wife Tanele including children,Women Defenders demand her release.

Thursday, 28th March, 2024

MBABANE:Tanele Maseko,the wife to assassinated human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko has been detained by the police at the Oshoek Boarder Gate.

Thulani Maseko, the Chairperson of the pro-democracy MultiStakeholder Forum(MSF) was assassinated allegedly by King Mswati’s mercenaries in front of his wife and children.

It is alleged that, the State Intelligence, police officers and soldiers are now targeting and monitoring the widow with an alleged intention to kill her.

Tanele Maseko was harassed and subsequently detained by the eSwatini police in the early hours on Thursday.She was previously threatened by the State through retiring Government Spokesperson Alpheous Nxumalo after she made statements accusing  a “horrible dictator” of killing her husband.

A questionnaire was sent to Police Spokesperson Senior  Superintendent Phindile Vilakati, however, she had not responded at the time of compiling this report.

In a public statement tagged to this Swaziland News in the early hours on Thursday, the African Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders(WHRD) Initiative demanded the release of Maseko’s widow.

“It is very disturbing that the State can be mobilized to relentlessly torment and harass the family of the slain human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko in this manner merely because of Tanele Maseko’s persistent demand to know who the killers of husband are and for them to be brought to justice” said Constance Mukarati, Co-Director of the organization.


Eswatini police detains assassinated human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko’s wife Tanele including children,Women Defenders demand her release.
Wife to assassinated human rights lawyer Tanele Maseko.