In a statement issued on Wednesday 23 March, the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) denounces the kidnapping of its member, Bongi Nkambule, by police forces. This incident is added to the kidnapping of children by Swaziland's security forces a few days ago in Lubuluni community.
The Communist Party of Swaziland's statement reads:
"Wednesday 23 March 2022:- Today, around 13:00, Mswati's police kidnapped Communist Party member, Bongi Nkambule - fondly known among his comrades as "Comrade Bongo".
The police who were travelling in a police truck kidnapped Comrade Bongi at the Mbabane Park on his way home after attending a court case of Comrade Bakhe Sacolo and Comrade Sethu Nkambule which was held in Manzini this morning.
The police did not state their reasons for kidnapping Comrade Bongi. Thus far, no one knows where they have detained him.
The CPS has been under heavy attack from the regime's security forces for some time now. On Sunday, they kidnapped the children of one of our organisers, CPS member Comrade Ayanda Ndwandwe, whose home remains under surveillance, while also pursuing CPS comrades who were leading rallies at Lubulini community in the eastern part of Swaziland.
This action by the regime’s forces is a clear indication of desperation to torture and kill as many comrades as they can in order to keep oppressing the people.
The CPS calls upon democracy activists to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Comrade Bongi. We know that the police will torture him for his relentless fight for freedom in our country."