NYANYALI: A battalion of armed police officers who refused to investigate and arrest a suspect implicated in the disappearance of kids who went missing during the King’s Incwala ritual ceremony raided and subsequently detained residents of Nyanyali who allegedly burned the suspects home.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Thandukukhanya Magagula, a resident of the area said a battalion of armed police officers arrived in the area around 3am and fired gunshots after some residents flee their homes during the raiding, those who were apprehended were taken to Hlathikhulu police station.
“Police arrived around 3am today, gun shots were fired as some residents flee their homes and escape, we blame the police for this, they refused to arrest the suspects implicated in the disappearance of kids despite that one of them openly confessed” said the resident.
Reached for comments, Sibusiso Nhlabatsi, a human rights lawyer said it was unfortunate that the residents resorted to taking the law unto their own hands by burning the homes of the suspects after the police refused to do their work and arrest them.
“Once the people feel the justice system has failed them, they do such things, in this case, it is clear that the residents were aware of the identity of the suspects but the police failed to do their work” said the human rights lawyer.
Phindile Vilakati, the Police Spokesperson had not responded at the time of compiling this report.
Vulimpompi Nhleko, the Nkwene Member of Parliament(MP) when speaking to this publication confirmed that two homes belonging to the residents were burned on Tuesday afternoon
Nyanyali residents were rounded by the police