Royal Eswatini Police Member Accused of Animal Theft

By on February 20, 2019
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Police Information and Communication Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati. This is not to say she is the member implicated on this case. Imaged was sourced from the Internet.

About 54 goats were stolen in Malindza area a place in the Lubombo region allegedly by a member of the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) whose name was not revealed. It was also alleged that the member in question had also recruited a number of people mainly from the youth segments to assist in stealing the goats.

This was disclosed by one Babe Ndzinisa who also serve as a community member in Malindza resident today in an interview with Peter Penning on Eswatini Broadcasting Information and Services (EBIS 1) current affairs program called Leshishisako.

Babe Ndzinisa defined the incident of the animal theft in Malindza as a painful one mainly because in all their investigations as community police, the outcomes always lead to one person whom he alleged that he has also recruited the youth in that criminal activity. Before the interview, Penning alleged that the undisclosed member of the REPS was found in possession of evident implicating him with the animal theft criminal offence.

Meanwhile, Ndzinisa revealed  that up to  30 goats were stolen last year while the other 24 were stolen this year. This then prompted the community members to take action on this matter.

Police Information and Communication Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati confirmed knowledge of the matter revealing that it  was reported to the police and was dealt with accordingly.

She revealed that the person in question was apprehended by the members of the Royal Eswatini Police Service on a Friday. “After spending the weekend behind bars, the men in question appeared in court on a Monday and was released on bail”, elaborated the police mouth piece pending his court hearing.

She appealed to Malindza community to let the court deal with the matter instead of interfering. The Police mouth piece further thanked members of various communities for reporting any criminal activities happening in the communities.

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About Phumlani Dlamini

A Public Relation graduate from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology with a vast love and interest for the Kingdom of Eswatini and the people living within it.

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