LUDZELUDZE COMMUNITY EDUCATED ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES
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.
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.
ENTERTAINERS: Students from Buckswood school in England performing the dance.