Unions take to streets over ‘killer cops’

UNIONISTS are calling for the suspension of the police officers accused of causing the death of Phumelele Mkhweli.
Mkhweli died following a brief scuffle with police over a week ago, after he was nabbed for jaywalking and his death has resulted in protests in the small town.
Another protest march is expected to take place today, where unionists and residents are expected to unite and march to the police station.
“We want the regional commander to explain why the officers are still working despite the accusations,” said Nathi Kunene from the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union.
He said that the march was expected to be joined by workers’ unions and also called on concerned residents to join the protest.
“Mkhweli’s death could have happened to anyone, so it should not be taken lightly,” said Kunene.
He said the march would start off at Siteki CBD and move to the police station, where petitions would be delivered. Kunene said the main issue was that the police officers who were accused of having a hand in the death of Mkhweli should be suspended pending investigations.
Kunene also said that the marchers would protest against what he termed ‘police brutality’, adding that most of their members were assaulted every time they took to the streets.

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