Po­lice Bill might be amended by sen­a­tors

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Mbono Md­luli

THE Po­lice Ser­vice Bill might be amended by sen­a­tors to pro­vide for the ex­is­tence of an in­de­pen­dent po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

This comes after Mang­con­gco MP Pa­trick ‘Pha’ Motsa ap­proached the sen­a­tors with an in­ten­tion to in­clude the in­de­pen­dent po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing body.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion would probe the work of the po­lice, es­pe­cially dur­ing in­ci­dents whereby mem­bers of the pub­lic would find them­selves at the re­ceiv­ing end of po­lice bru­tal­ity.

The Po­lice Ser­vice Bill is cur­rently in Par­lia­ment, where it awaits to be passed by sen­a­tors to be­come the Po­lice Ser­vice Act.

The Bill was passed by the House of Assem­bly in April this year. It was passed without the in­clu­sion of the in­de­pen­dent body to in­ves­ti­gate po­lice.

When asked if he was suc­cess­ful in lob­by­ing sen­a­tors to amend the Bill on Tues­day, Motsa said he raised the mat­ter with sen­a­tors.

He said sen­a­tors promised to help in rais­ing the mat­ter dur­ing the de­bate at Senate.

How­ever, he did not want to di­vulge names of those he spoke with. This was not well re­ceived by MP Motsa. He raised the mat­ter in the House of Assem­bly.

Pro­vi­sion

Un­for­tu­nately for him, the pro­vi­sion for the in­ves­ti­gat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion was not granted. Motsa, dur­ing that sub­mis­sion in Par­lia­ment, ar­gued that there were many cases where peo­ple died at the hands of the po­lice. It was un­for­tu­nate that there was no in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion set up to in­ves­ti­gate such in­ci­dents, hence the need for an in­de­pen­dent body to per­form such tasks. Motsa then made an ex­am­ple of an ac­ci­dent where Regi­naldo Lu­ciano Zavale, a Mozam­bi­can na­tional, re­port­edly died at the hands of the po­lice. Other cases in­cluded that of Sipho Jele and ‘MaT­hou­sand’ Ngubane.

They were also re­ported to have died at the hands of the po­lice.

Speak­ing to this pub­li­ca­tion after the sit­ting, Motsa said the time had come for the coun­try to set up such a body for the cit­i­zens of the coun­try to get jus­tice if they found them­selves at the re­ceiv­ing end of po­lice bru­tal­ity.

What was un­for­tu­nate, ac­cord­ing to Motsa, was that the in­ves­ti­ga­tions of most, if not all, of th­ese cases did not see the light of day.

He made an ex­am­ple of South Africa, where he said po­lice were not al­lowed to in­ves­ti­gate them­selves, but an in­de­pen­dent body would in­ves­ti­gate po­lice dur­ing such in­ci­dents.

The MP promised that he would lobby his col­leagues in the up­per cham­ber to amend the bill so that the in­de­pen­dent body could also be in­cluded.

MY LORD: Mang­con­gco MP Pa­trick ‘Pha’ Motsa.

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