SWAZILAND: MURDER/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/15/3/18 SABANews 1
MBABANE – The authorities in SWAZILAND have this week been forced to beef up security at the High Court where a prominent businessman faces charges of murder.
MATSAPHA UNITED Director SIPHO SHONGWE is in custody after being arrested for the murder of MBABANE SWALLOWS Boss VICTOR GAMEDZE.
The TIMES OF SWAZILAND newspaper says officials took precautions after rumours about his friends planning to snatch the suspect from the Court.
It says they left nothing to chance, deploying police officers and sniffer dogs from the Bomb Disposal Unit in a move that was the FIRST of its kind in the Kingdom.
The precautions were in addition to the usual contingent of armed police officers who provide security during Mr SHONGWE’s court appearances.
A bomb disposal machine was also used to detect if there were any explosives planted in the courtroom in which his bail hearing was scheduled to be held.
The TIMES says the security measures came after the intelligence department picked information saying the friends of the accused from SOUTH AFRICA planned a snatch.
According to the officers who were present in court, there were threats to security, which resulted in them making sure that there were no foreign elements at the High Court.
The suspect gunned down the deceased, who was also the Vice President of the NATIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF SWAZILAND, on 14 JANUARY at a petrol station./Sabanews/cam