The Army in Swaziland (eSwatini) has taken full charge after mass pro-democracy protests left many people dead, according to a Human Rights Watch official.
Dewa Mavhinga, director for Southern Africa, added reports received by the organisation were that the Army were on a ‘killing spree’. He said that police in Swaziland had reported that the Army had refused to have joint operations so military deployment was not under civilian authority or oversight.
Mavhinga reported, “From a police source, the army is now fully in charge for real and not even the police know what the army is doing now. They only call the police to collect bodies of people shot and killed.”
The Times of Swaziland reported on Sunday (4 July 2021) “Army declares We have taken over and those who fai...
Dozens killed, more than 150 hospitalised, and hundreds detained
Last absolute monarchy on the African continent has repressive track record
‘We are urging the authorities in Eswatini to end this escalating crackdown’ - Deprose Muchena
The government of Eswatini has launched a “full-frontal assault” on human rights in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters which has seen dozens killed by the security forces, said Amnesty International.
Amnesty is aware of the names of more than 20 people who have been killed by state security forces, while at least six others who participated in protests are unaccounted for.
Some bodies at Dups Funeral Home and Crematorium, in the city of Manzini, have not yet been identified. More than 150 people have been hospitalised and are b...
Acting prime minister Themba Masuku said the government had imposed an immediate national curfew from 6pm to 5am over the COVID-19 Delta variant
He also said the government was willing and ready to dialogue for the peaceful stability of one of the Southern smallest countries
He asked the aggrieved citizens to use alternative channels to express their grievances and the government provided an email address
In a statement on Tuesday, June 29, the acting prime minister Themba Masuku said the government had imposed an immediate national curfew from 6pm to 5am over the COVID-19 Delta variant scare.
"We have received information that the much-dreaded Delta variant of the virus has been confirmed to be driving the third wave, especially in the Gauteng province (South Africa)....