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Eswatini Youth Demand Justice After Thabani Nkomonye’s Mysterious Death

Eswatini youth rally up to demand justice for the late law student whose mysterious death reeks of police brutality.

Last week, the youth of Eswatini took to the streets of Manzini, one of the kingdom's major cities, to protest and demand justice for the mysterious death of Thabani Nkomonye (25), believed to have died at the hands of the police. The story of Thabani, a law student at the University of Eswatini (UNESWA), is similar to that of many others who have suffered violence at the hands of local police with no one being held accountable. Earlier in the week, a video of three members of the Royal Eswatini Police strong-arming a bus conductor and hurling insults at him surfaced on social media.

Thabani's family suspected something was amiss when he didn't show up to meet up with his brother on Sunday, May 9. His cellphone couldn't be reached. According to the family's account of events, shared in a Twitter thread, on Monday, May 10, Thabani's sister went to the Manzini and Sigodvweni police stations to inquire if he, perhaps, was in custody or involved in an accident. Both police stations claimed there was no filing of Thabani's description or his car. The police went on to suggest that if he hadn't shown up by lunchtime, then a missing person's report should be filed.

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