Three police officers in Swaziland (eSwatini) were captured on video assaulting a man who was part of a protest against police harassment.
The video was widely circulated on social media.
It happened on Monday (10 May 2021) when bus conductors in Manzini protested after police previously arrested some of them for allegedly illegally operating their buses (known locally as kombis) at Mhlaleni. Police have been issuing court summons, although it is argued they do not have authority to do this.
According to local reports the protestors threw stones at police who then retaliated.
The Swaziland News reported police ‘had to run for their dear lives’.
Swati Newsweek reported an eyewitness saying, ‘The transport operators threw stones on the road. Police had to flee. The area became like a war zone.’
In the video the police officers are seen insulting, slapping and kicking a man.
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