Shops in Swaziland have been ordered to stop displaying photos of alleged shoplifters because it infringes their human rights.
It has become increasingly common for supermarkets in the kingdom to display photographs on their walls or on video screens. It is thought the practice has been going on for many years and that shoplifting is increasing.
Superintendent Khulani Mamba, Chief Police Information and Communications Officer, said there was no law allowing shopowners to display the photos.
He warned shops not to keep alleged shoplifters in their storerooms for a long time before calling the police. ‘The same goes for those who make them pay double the price of the stolen goods; it is illegal as they must just call the police,’ Mamba told local media.
Human rights lawyer Mandla Mkhwanazi said the treatment was degrading and inhumane. ‘This is violation of human rights and degrading dignity of the individual,’ he said.