MURDER CASES INCREASE BY 12% WITHIN A MONTH
ABOUT 100 people have been murdered in the country since January until last month.
According to data collected from the Royal Eswatini Police (REP) Services, there were 86 murder victims between the months of January and October, meaning 14 more people were murdered within a month.
Chief Police Information and Communications Officer, Superintendent Phindile Vilakati said they had noted the rise of murder cases with great concern. Vilakati said it was disheartening that Eswatini had all along been classified as a peaceful country but had now turned into a violent one.
She said some of these murders were caused by disagreements between related persons or intimate partners.
Vilakati said some situations might be hard and infuriating to handle, but violence is not the way deal with it.
She pleaded with those who are hurt not to resort to violence but rather make use of available structures that deal with such matters which include police stations, churches, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), psycho-therapists and government hospitals.
“Communication is a therapy on its own. Your problems and your anger are nothing new in the world,” Vilakati said.
Meanwhile, the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO) Communications Officer Nkosingiphile Myeni said the escalating rate of gruesome killings called for a multi-sectoral national strategy to prevent violence, including putting restrictions to weapons such as fire-arms.
Myeni said the country needs to treat violence as a public health concern and use campaigns and technology to reach every child and family across the country.
“Developing tools to make sure that everybody feels important and cared for through parenting interventions, family interventions, wellbeing campaigns, and early childhood education can make an impact,” he said.
He said there were complex factors that could lead one to take someone else’s life or attempt to do so. However, clarifying that no one was obligated to take another person’s life no matter the reason behind.
“We call for protective measures whereby there are early signs’ detections and mental disorder treatment, provision of information to access to psycho-social support, and school-based preventions as well as other institutions,” he said.
Meanwhile, International Mental Health Resource Services (IMERSE) Programme Director Dumsani Mamba said violent behaviour could be linked to mental health, whether the perpetrator was mentally disturbed or they were on the receiving end of metal distortion from someone else’s behaviour towards them.
He advised that people should seek help when they are confronted with issues that they feel are too much for them to handle and not at any point should an act of violence be a resolution to any problem that one is faced with.
Myeni said an individual might feel pushed to a corner by a number of problems leading to depression, such as the feeling of unshared pain and hopelessness that can either be social, economic or political.