Saturday, September 4, 2021

Swaziland police ‘shoot and kill suspected cannabis farmer without trying to arrest him’

Swaziland (eSwatini) police reportedly shot a man in the head, killing him, after they suspected him of farming cannabis (known locally as dagga).


The Swaziland News reported Sihle Dludlu was shot dead by a police officer based at Nhlangano on Friday (3 September 2021).


Local residents protested at the shooting and were dispersed by police using teargas.


The Communist Party of Swaziland in a statement said Dludlu was shot with four or five bullets, one shot hit him in the head.


It added it happened in full public view. ‘Evidence shows that there was no intention to arrest him’ it said.


There has been concern for many years that police in Swaziland have a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy.


See also


Swaziland police shoot student in eye during protest unrest


Swaziland police ‘assault man’ during protest against police harassment


Swaziland police kill another unarmed man reviving fears of shoot-to-kill policy


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