Mbabane: Following the appeal for public assistance to locate controversial Swaziland News Editor Zweli Martin Dlamini by the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS, the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) has issued a statement condemning the ‘harrasment’ of the journalist.
“The Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN] condemns in the strongest possible terms the harassment of journalist, Zweli Martin Dlamini, editor of Swaziland News, an online publication,” issued SSN spokesperson Lucky Lukhele on their Facebook page. Lukhele further said as the SSN they condemn such and see it as an intimidation of media workers aimed at bullying them into silence. “The only crime that Dlamini committed was to report about the King and the royal family’s corruption which angered the King,” opined Lukhele.
Speaking to the Independent News Police Information Communications Officer Phindile Vilakati said they can’t as yet disclose what the editor is specifically wanted for, but they request anyone who might know his whereabouts to call the police.
The Eswatini Observer quoted the Police PRO as saying if there could be any person residing or knowing the whereabouts of Dlamini but concealing such information, they might be inviting trouble for themselves.
Police officers to be contacted regarding Zweli Martin Dlamini’s where about are: Sam Mthembu at 7606 2316; Clement Sihlongonyane at 7612 7994 or Madlopha at 7605 7428; or the toll free emergency line 999.