Pigg’s Peak: National First Division side and former premier league outfit Umbelebele legend Ncamiso Sthutha Mavuso was among the 11 killed police officers.
Fifteen Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) under the Operation Support Service Unit (OSSU) were aboard the doomed kombi that caught fire after clashing with a truck along the Mhlaleni- Ngwane Park MR9 road in Manzini on Thursday. Eleven of those officers lost their lives after being trapped as the kombi burnt to ashes along the truck driver while four are battling for their lives at the nearby RFM Hospital.
Sthutha was a household name during his playing days, appearing for ‘Inkiliva’ as Umbelebele are affectionately called.
From the dusty Msunduza background, a densely populated location in Mbabane, Mavuso got a job as a police officer.
A club legend and former teammate of the deceased, speaking on condition of anonymity said they were deeply saddened of the passing on of a friend and football fanatic.
National Commissioner of Police William Tsintsibala Dlamini revealed the names of the late 11 officers, who had one name of a female on Friday.
NatCom said in a memo directed to the police headquarters and stations that the force were deeply saddened and extremely sorrowful to announce the death of the 11 law enforcement agents.