ESwatini student’s death sparks protests 

Africa

This month students in Eswatini demonstrated outside the country’s capital to demand action, alleging that a young man was killed by police.

Thabani Nkomonye’s body was found outside one of the country’s major cities – Manzini.

Police said he was a victim of a car accident, but students allege he is the latest victim of police brutality.

It’s not the first demonstration by students, and they’ve been campaigning with the hashtag #JusticeforThabani.

The head of the Swaziland Students’ Union, Colani Khulekani Maseko, said that they want to put an end to police brutality and that this system of government has failed the ordinary people of Swaziland”.

Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is an absolute monarchy. There are elections, but King Mswati – who is known as Ngwenyama or The Lion – holds huge influence over most decisions.

Maseko said he doesn’t call his country Eswatini because it’s a symbol of a political system that doesn’t work.

In a statement, the government said it had “commissioned a judicial inquest to investigate the allegations levelled against the police and to determine the circumstances that led to the death of Thabani Nkomonye”.

The government said it “does not condone police violence where it is confirmed” and urged protesters to engage in peaceful demonstrations.

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