Wild ru­mours of po­lice union resur­fac­ing

Observer on Saturday - - News -

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.

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