Students say they were tortured while in police holding cells after being arrested following a class boycott at the University of Swaziland (UNISWA).
This was reported by the Sunday Observer newspaper in Swaziland (10 September 2017). The students were at Malkerns police station.
Eight students had originally been arrested after disturbances at the university on the previous Thursday. Six were later released without charge. Two were charged with house breaking and theft charges.
The Observer reported, ‘Some of the students who were rounded up by police revealed that they were tortured while inside police holding cells.’
It added that Sakhile Ndzimandze, Secretary General of the UNISWA students representative council, ‘stated that they have also learned that while in police custody, [SRC] President [Sibusiso] Siyaya was tortured by police officers’.
Royal Swaziland Police Service spokesperson Superintendent Khulani Mamba told the newpaper students who allege they were tortured should report the matter to police.
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