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By Peter Kenworthy, Communications- and Project Assistant
According to Africa Contact's partner in Swaziland, Foundation for
Socio-Economic Justice (FSEJ), one of their volunteers, Bheki Dlamini,
has gone missing. His family say that they haven't seen him since
yesterday, and his mobile phone has been switched off since last
evening. Friends and colleagues are now searching for him and a lawyer
has been put on the case. FSEJ believe that Bheki has been kidnapped by
the police, however, and that he might well be tortured if this is the
case, as police had been looking for him in his home area in the Hhohho
region at Buhleni last week.
Police kidnappings and the torture of members of the democratic movement
in Swaziland is increasingly commonplace – most recent was the alleged
beating up and murder of Pudemo member Sipho Jele in police custody.
Jele had been arrested for wearing a Pudemo T-shirt.
According to Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice (FSEJ), "Bheki has been arrested this morning [June 16] around 7 a.m at his house that he
is renting. His house was searched by this armed police officers and they took him away thereafter".
In a statment on June 17, a representative of FSEJ further stated, that "Police have released a statement to all media houses saying that Bheki is responsible for all the bombings between April and June 2010. The statement further says that he will appear before the High Court tommorrow, Friday. He is charged with the Swaziland Terrorism Act. The statement however does not state how this comrade was involved in all the bombings in all the different places which are too wide spread
apart which in all these places it has been reported through the media that such attacks occured around mid night".
Endnu en demokratiaktivist, Bheki Dlamini, meldes savnet i Swaziland
Ifølge Afrika Kontakts partner i Swaziland, Foundation for Socio-Economic Justice (FSEJ), har en af deres frivillige, Bheki Dlamini, været forsvundet siden i går. Hans familie siger, at de ikke har set ham siden i går, og hans mobiltelefon har også været slukket siden. En større eftersøgning er nu i gang for at forsøge at finde ham, og desuden er en advokat blevet sat på sagen. FSEJ formoder at Bheki er blevet kidnappet af politiet, og at han måske er blevet tortureret, eftersom politiet havde ledt efter ham i Buhleni, i hans hjemegn Hhohho, i sidste uge.
Både kidnapninger udført af politiet og tortur af tilbageholdte demokratiaktivister forekommer med stigende hyppighed i Swaziland – senest blev Pudemo-medlem Sipho Jele angiveligt tævet og dræbt af politiet efter at han var blevet arresteret for at bære en Pudemo T-shirt.