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Student leaders brutally tortured by SA cops

3 September 2011

SSN calls for an urgent investigation, by South Africa’s Police Service, of certain individuals who tortured and victimised the awaiting trial student leaders, Maxwell Dlamini and Musa Ngubeni, on Friday evening.

The SSN has reliably learnt, with shock and disgust, that South African Police coming from the Crime intelligence department went to Swaziland and heavily tortured the two student leaders in the absence of their lawyers. This happened inside the Zakhele remand prison in Manzini Swaziland, where the two are presently incarcerated awaiting trial after they were accused of being in possession of explosives.

Reports coming from the two student leaders are that two white South African police officials, possibly remnants of Apartheid’s torture squads, tortured them and showed them videos of the corpses of Musa "MJ" Dlamini and Jack Govender.

They then forced them to admit to knowing the three, Amos Mbedzi, Jack Govender and Musa Dlamini and that they used to work with them. They further interrogated them about the work of COSATU, SSN, PUDEMO, SWAYOCO, UMBANE and many other organisations that are openly critical of the Swazi government. All these questions were asked while the two were being tortured in the presence of Swazi police and wardens.

The nature and timing of this interrogation points towards a clandestine and illegal operation between Mswati’s police force and mercenary elements of South Africa’s police force. We urge the South African minister of police, comrade Nathi Mthethwa, to launch a full investigation into this barbaric deed and the two culprits, together with their Swazi counterparts, should face the full wrath of the law.

Issued by:
The Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN]

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