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Thursday, 31 December 2009


Further evidence that Swaziland’s military are out of control comes with the news that five drunk armed soldiers terrorised two boys in Manzini, beating one of them to a pulp.

One of the victims said that the five soldiers and a warder, all drunk, demanded they be let into their home.

When the boys refused the soldiers kicked in the doors of the house.

The witness ran for his life leaving his friend alone to face the drunkards.

The boy left behind later told the Swazi Observer, the newspaper in effect owned by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, he was then beaten up by the soldiers.

The Observer said the boy didn’t know why he was attacked, but the newspaper speculated that the warder had a grudge against one of the boys and the attack was retribution.

The incident was reported to the police.

The attack comes days after soldiers beat up and fired five bullets into the body of a man they suspected of smuggling a Toyota kombi across the Swaziland – South African border.

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