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Sunday, 11 July 2010


More evidence is emerging that Swazi police and prison wardens lied about the circumstances of the death of pro-democracy activist Sipho Jele who died while in custody.

They had claimed that they interviewed people who were in the same cell as Jele about the circumstances of his death.

Now, an independent pathologist has told an inquest into Jele’s death that the cell mates deny being interviewed.

Dr Ganas Perumal said,I asked if any of the inmates had been interviewed to see if they had seen him and if any fight had ensued during the night of his death but none had been interviewed.’

This is not the first time that the police have been found out lying to the inquest. Previously, it was discovered that police had recorded in an official journal that Jele was in good health when he was arrested for wearing a T-shirt with the slogan of banned organisation PUDEMO and taken to Manzini police station.

The official record – called the RSP 3 book – says the entry was made by Constable David Tsabedze, but he told the inquest that he never made the entry.

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