Court cases in limbo as cops snub courts to invigilate exams
A number of cases at the Manzini Magistrate’s Courts are currently stalling as magistrates are informed that investigating officers are not present to provide evidence.
Most officers are reportedly held up invigilating the on-going external examinations.
Suspects who are hoping for speedy trials are always disappointed when remanded back into custody and told to return to court on another set date. Some of the suspects who appeared before Manzini Magistrate Nelsiwe Hlophe on Tuesday were told to come back on another date. One of the suspects who couldn’t even afford bail was told that he was being remanded back into police custody as the officer who was supposed to lead evidence was invigilating examinations.
The decision by government to let police officers invigilate the examinations instead of teachers came after teachers made it clear that they would not be invigilating because government was refusing to meet their demands in term of the Cost of Living Adjustment (CoLA) whereby the teachers are demanding 6.5 per cent from government.
The non-availability of police officers in court has had a lot of negative implications not only in the smooth running of courts but also on many assignments which are supposed to be carried out by the officers posted in the different examination centres.
The Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) has also condemned the move by government saying they are not trained to deal with school children.
ON PATROL: Police officers patrolling at the Exams Council of Eswatini offices.