Workaholic Ind­vuna Yenkhundla has plan for cops that am­bush DD of­fend­ers

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Bodwa Mbingo

Mo­torists have most of­ten not hid­den their dis­plea­sure at what they view as traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers am­bush­ing them along pub­lic roads af­ter drink­ing sprees in liquor out­lets and then sub­ject­ing them to breathal­yser tests for al­co­hol con­tent in their blood.

If found with the high al­co­hol con­tent they are then ar­rested and charged for drink driv­ing be­fore their court ap­pear­ances where they are fined from E1 500 to E5 000 upon con­vic­tion for the charge. Even Royal Eswa­tini Po­lice Ser­vice (REPS) Na­tional Com­mis­sioner (NAT­COM) Isaac Ma­gag­ula did state that traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers should not mount road blocks out­side liquor out­lets or way­lay mo­torists. Even though Ma­gag­ula said the al­le­ga­tions of way­lay­ing pa­trons near pubs or their homes re­main un­sub­stan­ti­ated, he suc­cinctly stated that it was wrong to do so.

He termed the way­lay­ing as ‘ku­cothela’ back in 2013. He has, how­ever, not hid­den the painful fact that drink driv­ing con­trib­utes to the high num­ber of ac­ci­dents in the coun­try’s roads.

Lobamba Ind­vuna Yenkhundla (Con­stituency Head­man) Abra­ham ‘Mb­ham­badane’ Bhembe has a plan for Lobamba po­lice of­fi­cers that way­lay res­i­dents from Mvut­shini af­ter en­joy­ing al­co­holic drinks at one of the pop­u­lar drink­ing halls in Ezulwini – just across their place of aboard. He got very pop­u­lar to the peo­ple that elected him at Mvut­shini this past week­end dur­ing an or­gan­ised vusela ex­er­cise by the re­cently elected can­di­dates to the area.

Mb­ham­badane when ad­dress­ing the res­i­dents said he felt pity that peo­ple get ar­rested all the time and pay hefty fines in court af­ter drink­ing at their favourite hang­out spot just across their residences. The feel­ing is that po­lice of­fi­cers way­lay the of­fend­ers to a point that they stage road blocks in ar­eas that they know they will use af­ter im­bib­ing in al­co­hol.

“I want to as­sist you, the peo­ple of Mvut­shini, by en­sur­ing that a pri­vate road is con­structed that will lead from Ezulwini to Mvut­shini to as­sist drink driv­ers to evade po­lice of­fi­cers that am­bush them along the pub­lic road. The money that peo­ple end up pay­ing as fines could be used to pay school fees and other es­sen­tial things. I urge you to as­sist me in mak­ing this dream a re­al­ity,” he said much to the ap­plause of the res­i­dents.

Ma­gag­ula when for­ward­ing his case back then said it was un­eth­i­cal for the po­lice to way­lay the of­fend­ers.

"Firstly, po­lice would be in­tim­i­dat­ing those who are drink­ing. Se­condly, if they camp out­side liquor out­lets then they are de­stroy­ing busi­ness. It is un­eth­i­cal to do so. We will see how to deal with it if it is true. You wouldn’t drink prop­erly if you see the po­lice out­side the liquor out­let you are in. It would be un­eth­i­cal and overzeal­ous in our ap­proach," the po­lice chief said then.

He said a road­block could be staged near a pub due to an ac­ci­dent fac­tor de­ter­mined by the po­lice, but not for the pur­poses of way­lay­ing pub pa­trons.

"Po­lice can only go into a liquor out­let to pro­tect peo­ple but not to mon­i­tor how much mo­torists drink. That is in­tim­i­da­tion. If po­lice do that then it is wrong," Ma­gag­ula added then.

Mean­while, dur­ing the sec­ondary elec­tions, it was yet an­other land­slide vic­tory for Bhembe, oth­er­wise widely re­ferred to as ‘Mb­ham­badane’, as he won the race for Lobamba Ind­vuna Yenkhundla for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive term.

Bhembe amassed a to­tal of 3 529 votes while his clos­est com­peti­tor ob­tained 2 306 votes.

Bhembe was quick to thank his sup­port­ers for vot­ing him into the po­si­tion even this term while he also sin­gled out Prophet Eli­jah Fire for his prophe­cies that showed him the way to be­ing Ind­vuna Yenkhundla again.He said he was grate­ful for mak­ing it back as that would al­low him to fin­ish all the projects he had al­ready started within the Lobamba Inkhundla.

“I thank the com­mu­nity of Lobamba for the trust they have shown in me once again. I am go­ing to work 100 per cent more than I have been do­ing,” he said.

When asked if he was con­sid­er­ing stand­ing for the MP po­si­tion in fu­ture es­pe­cially given his pop­u­lar­ity in the area, Bhembe said af­ter fin­ish­ing his term in five years time he would again go back to the peo­ple and they will be the ones to de­cide if he is fit for that.

…Mb­ham­badane wants to con­struct pri­vate road from Ezulwini to Mvut­shini to as­sist res­i­dents to evade po­lice of­fi­cers that way­lay of­fend­ers on the pub­lic road on their way home

LI­CENCE: A traf­fic of­fi­cer talks to a mo­torists in a rou­tine road­block stop.

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