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Friday, 2 July 2010


Here’s more evidence that King Mswati III’s finest are out of control.

Three armed soldiers left a man for dead after he tried to help a woman they were beating up. And in a separate incident, a woman was beaten by two soldiers after she tried to stop them talking to her sister.

This time, the police say they are taking the matter seriously and are treating the first attack as attempted murder. They are also investigating the second attack.

Soldiers have been out of control in the kingdom ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch. In January 2010 they were warned that their attacks on civilians amounted to a ‘shoot to kill’ policy and was unconstitutional.

There have been many accounts of soldiers killing or beating up civilians, including a cold-blooded murder of two women accused of smuggling a car across the border with South Africa; a man who had five bullets pumped into his body after being beaten to a pulp; an attack on sex workers after three soldiers refused to pay them for their services; an attack by a bus load of soldiers on a security guard after he asked them to move their vehicle; and five drunk soldiers who terrorised two boys, smashing one of them to a pulp.

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