April came and went and, as I reported on Sunday (8 May 2011), no court case was forthcoming. I suggested his statement was a smokescreen to divert attention away from allegations about the Prime Minister’s own corrupt activities.
The Times of Swaziland, the only independent daily newspaper in the kingdom, followed up my report and was told by the Prime Minister’s office that the case in question involved Industrial Court Judge Sifiso Nsibande and three others who are implicated in an alleged E13 million fraud.
The problem with the PM’s answer is that the case had already started in court before Dlamini made his statement in February 2011.
This means it wasn’t a new case and couldn’t be seen as evidence of a crackdown on corruption as promised by the Prime Minister.
So, if Dlamini wasn’t telling a bare-faced lie, he was at least severely misleading the people.
DID SWAZI PM LIE ON CORRUPTION?