Wild rumours of police union resurfacing
Whilst REPS has refused to acknowledge the presence and resurfacing of the Swazi Police Union, issues raised in the statement at the height of the protest action seems to be what most officers interviewed are in agreement with.
Officers who shared their challenges within the force are pointing towards the overhaul of the police top brass. Issues of housing also raised by the statement on social media purportedly from the Police Union are frequently raised by many officers. Reporting back on the circulated information on social media of the resurfacing of the alleged police union, Police Chief Information and Communications Officer (PICO) Superintendent Phindile Vilakati said police conducted investigations on the matter and unearthed the source of the information. However, such source was never revealed to the media.
Vilakati, at a press conference at the headquarters, revealed that they had since located the source and origin of the information but preferred not to inform journalists of the crucial information for their story.
She labelled the information as a hoax aimed at causing panic, anxiety and confusion during the elections and the TUCOSWA strike.
During the press conference Vilakati said “We have been able to trace the source and origin of the circulating information. Our investigations have unraveled that the whole story, in particular the contents therein, were fake news creatively made up as a figment of someone’s fertile imagination in furtherance of ulterior political motives, in particular as cheap propaganda strategy to promote anarchy and put a damper on the national elections”. Vilakati went on to state that the source had been traced to a foreign based or self-exiled proscribed entity; which had been perpetually criticising the country’s political system through various forums.