THE CASE CONTINUES: CHARGES
hongwe pleaded not guilty to contravening the Swaziland Administration Order by allegedly failing, refusing or neglecting to appear before the Ezulwini Umphakatsi when called to answer certain issues regarding his forceful stay as a tenant in his office, despite an order by the Royal Kraal to have him ejected.
Shongwe made these pleas when he made his appearance on his first
Sday of trial before Judge Maphanga after the Crown represented had put them to him. The private investigator is facing a total of five counts in that on the first count he is charged with contravened Section 3 (1) of the Civil Aviation Regulations in that he allegedly piloted a drone while at Mvutjini without being a holder of a valid Civil Aviation licence.
On the second count, Shongwe is alleged to have contravened Section 59 (1) of the regulations in that he flew the same drone in Swaziland air space and thus flouted the Convention of International Aviation.
Shongwe on the third count is charged with contravening Section 54 of the Civil Aviation Regulations in that while at Mvutjini, he flew the same drone without being a holder of an Aircraft Certificate while on the fourth count he is alleged to have contravened Section 60(1) of the same regulations in that he flew a pilotless aircraft.
Meanwhile, on the last count he is alleged to have gone against the Swaziland Administration Order in that while at Mvutjini, he refused to appear before the Ezulwini Umphakatsi after being summoned by Indvuna Ndlavela Mavimbela on behalf of Chief Sifiso Mashampu Khumalo.
According to the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA) Act of 2009, all people who want to fly an aircraft for whatever reasons are supposed to obtain a licence from SWACAA.
Shongwe reported the drone missing while flying in the direction of Somhlolo National Stadium during Ester Services where the League of Churches had descended for the annual services and he had claimed the drone costs in the region of E20 000.