LUDZELUDZE COM­MU­NITY ED­U­CATED ABOUT EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL CRIMES

Observer on Saturday - - News -

The Royal Swazi­land Po­lice Ser­vice, in a bid to sen­si­tise mem­bers of the pub­lic about en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes, have part­nered with the Swazi­land En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­thor­ity (SEA) in ed­u­cat­ing them about the crim­i­nal­ity of vi­o­lat­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

The peo­ple un­der the Ludzeludze con­stituency were among the first to be ed­u­cated on en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes last Satur­day dur­ing a cam­paign which was held at the Inkhundla cen­tre. The cam­paign kicked off with a clean-up ex­er­cise­which­starte­dattheLudze­ludze shops go­ing all the way to the cen­tre which was dubbed Hloba­cam­paign. Res­i­dents were en­cour­aged to keep the area clean at all times and to dis­pose of lit­ter in the des­ig­nated area in a proper man­ner.

SEA Di­rec­tor Ndu­miso Shongwe ex­plained to the peo­ple who were in at­ten­dance laws that pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing hefty fines. He em­pha­sised on the im­por­tance of keep­ing the coun­try clean as now and again tourists come into Swazi­land and the dirty streets not do any jus­tice for the king­dom.

Shongwe warned that po­lice were go­ing to en­force the en­vi­ron­men­tal laws and those that would be found to have con­tra­vened it will be pros­e­cuted. He said the onus was on ev­ery in­di­vid­ual to en­sure that the coun­try’s roads and streets were kept clean.

He said SEA was work­ing tire­lessly en­sur­ing that the en­vi­ron­ment is pro­tected as they have worked on sev­eral cases that have been brought to fi­nal­ity.

Ad­dress­ing

Also ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing was ManziniRe­gion­alCom­mis­sion­erSi­mon Mlilo who said it was dis­heart­en­ing to note that Swazis did not take the is­sue of keep­ing the en­vi­ron­ment clean as peo­ple­con­tin­uelit­teringany­howde­spite the end­less ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes put in place.

He noted that the Manzini-Mat­sapha cor­ri­dor was one of the filth­i­est in the coun­try as lit­ter was strewn all over.

Mlilo went on to speak about the ever in­creas­ing cases of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence that have been wit­nessed in re­cent months. He called on Swazis, es­pe­cially lovers, to be tol­er­ant of each other in­stead of opt­ing to vi­o­lence.

The Ludzeludze com­mu­nity was not only taught about en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes but lec­tures on road safety, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and the re­port­ing of crime to the po­lice were con­ducted by po­lice of­fi­cers from the dif­fer­ent de­part­ments from Mat­sapha Po­lice Sta­tion on the day.

MY POINT: Manzini Re­gional Com­mis­sioner Si­mon Mlilo ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing at the cam­paign held at Ludzeludze Inkhundla.

CLEAN­ING UP: Mat­sapha Po­lice Sta­tion Com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Dan Msibi col­lect­ing pa­pers as part of the clean-up cam­paign.

Sib­haca

EN­TER­TAIN­ERS: Stu­dents from Buckswood school in Eng­land per­form­ing the dance.

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