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Police suffocates, assault woman for demanding her child who disappeared during Incwala ritual ceremony.

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021

NYANYALI: Ayanda Dlamini, the mother of  one of the two kids who went missing at Nyanyali under Nkwene Inkhundla during the Incwala ritual ceremony was on Wednesday taken to the Hlathikhulu Police Station where she was allegedly suffocated and assaulted by a battalion of police officers. 

Speaking to this Swaziland News during an interview, Dlamini appealed to human rights defenders to assist her, she said even her private parts were affected during the beating, police accused Dlamini of being part of the residents that burnt the home of Samu Ngwenya, the prime suspect in the disappearance of two the 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.

It has been gathered that after the disappearance of two children during the Incwala ritual ceremony the police systematically sabotaged investigations, however, a battalion of armed police officers were transported with a police truck and other vehicles to apprehend over 200 residents who allegedly burnt two homes belonging to the suspects who disappeared with the children.

Superintendent Phindile Vilakati, the Eswatini Police Spokesperson had not responded to our questions at the time of compiling this report.

But Sibusiso Nhlabatsi, a human rights lawyer condemned the conduct of the police for torturing a woman whose child mysteriously disappeared.

"Its uncalled for, this woman lost her kid, she doesn't know where she is as we speak and that on its own is emotionally draining, you can't then assault and torture that woman who is already in pain that comes with the disappearance of her kid", said the Human Rights Lawyer.

Police suffocates, assault woman for demanding her child who disappeared during Incwala ritual ceremony.
Nyanyali residents at Hlathikhulu Police Station for questioning.