…Killed ‘drug dealer’ is PUDEMO member

By WELCOME DLAMINI

Swazi Times June 18,2009

MBABANE – The alleged drug dealer who was shot dead by police last Friday afternoon is a member of banned PUDEMO, it has been gathered.

The 35-year-old Mjomane Msibi of Hosea is reported to be affiliated to the banned People’s United Democratic Movement – Big Bend branch. Chairperson of the Big Bend branch Mashumi Simelane confirmed that Msibi was their member, who was employed as a welder.

Simelane said they were still astounded by Msibi’s death, more especially when taking into considerations the reasons that led to him being shot at by the police. According to the police, Msibi was fatally shot while at Mabhulohweni as he ran away from the police, who were about to arrest him for allegedly being found with packets of dagga which he is suspected to have been selling to pupils in the area.

PUDEMO Secretary General Sphasha Dlamini said they had received information from their Big Bend branch “regarding the death of one of our comrades” and they were now going to conduct their own investigations. “We’re going to investigate the matter to find the merits and demerits of the reasons that have been brought forward by the police as the reason he was shot,” Dlamini said.

Dlamini said once their investigations were complete, they would then issue a statement through their publicity and information office. Meanwhile, Simelane said the circumstances leading to the death of Msibi were rather unclear and therefore need to be looked at.

“I however cannot say the killing was politically motivated or not, but I suspect that he had a problem with the police officer that shot him because there are many dagga dealers that we know who are far more established in the trade but they are not shot,” Simelane said.


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He said referring to the deceased person as a drug dealer was a wrong representation because Msibi was nowhere near that category. Simelane said the version he had was that when the police came to Msibi’s house, he was not there but they found his roommate identified as Mthiyane.

“Msibi then arrived and found the police already ransacking his flat where dagga was reportedly found and he then bolted out of the house for reasons that I don’t know,” Simelane said. He said Msibi was then shot as he fled, and the police left him where he had fallen before returning to his flat to ask Mthiyane for the deceased’s relatives.

Simelane added that the police are said to have returned to Msibi and found him already dead, which was when the body was removed and sent to hospital.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Vusi Masuku however said Msibi was certified dead upon arrival at the Good Shepherd Hospital.

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