Mbabane: Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has strongly condemned gender based violence, particularly against women and children.
He said it is disheartening to continue hearing reports of gender based violence regularly in the country and for that matter government will continue push to ensure that perpetrators are taken off the streets and face the consequences of their vile actions.
Dlamini said such a despicable behaviour does not belong to the norms and culture of Emaswati and has to be condemned with the contempt it deserves.
“May I caution that the resumption of alcohol sales is not a license to hide behind alcohol to be violent against women and children,” said Dlamini.
The Prime Minister’s address on Gander Based Violence comes after there has been numerous reports on women and children who have been murdered mostly by their lovers. The latest incident to be reported was that of Sthembile Mtsetfwa who was murdered along with his four (4) year old son in a cold blooded murder. The duo were reported to have been stabbed and their throats slit open by a man believed to be Mtsetfwa’s boyfriend.
Meanwhile this year there were numerious crimes of passion which involved killing of women. One incident reported on August 20, was that of a female pupil who was stabbed 31 times all over the body with a knife allegedly by her boyfriend. The stabbed girl was a pupil at Dwalile High School and was living at her boyfriend’s homestead much against the approval of the man’s parents.
On February 8, a police officer was charged with two counts of murder after he allegedly killed his spouse and her male companion who was a civil servant under the ministry of Agriculture. The police officer committed this crime using a gun belonging to the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS).