Violence

VIOLENCE, ABUSE AND THEFT NOT PART OF ESWATINI CULTURE

Anti-social behavior comprising of violence, abuse and theft is originally not characteristic of the values and traditions of the Emaswati Culture.

This was revealed by the Nkambeni Chief Ndlaluhlaza Nxumalo who is also the Minister of Works and Public Transport during the launch of a Crime and Accident Free Festive Season Campaign themed “Kuphepha Kwakho Kuphepha Kwami Kuphepha Kwelive” held at Nkambeni last Saturday. The Chief noted that ideally, people should not be overly concerned with locking premises to ensure that their property is safe because stealing and other forms of burglaries are not part of the Eswatini culture.

The traditional leader expressed gratitude towards the Police for conducting the crime and accident prevention campaign in his locality which he noted is in line with his mandate of ensuring that people live together in harmony and peace. He commended the Police for being innovative and blending safety messages with entertainment to ensure that people take interest of the information conveyed through activities they like.

Chief Ndlaluhlaza urged the nation to stop the violence and revert to the traditional ways of living which emphasized humility and good neighborliness. He further encouraged people to always conduct themselves in manner which will enhance their safety each time they are using the road. He also urged people to remove livestock from the road to avoid the occurrence of traffic accidents.

Speaking in the same event, the National Commissioner of Police – Tsitsibala W.W. Dlamini revealed that to give the festive operations a punch, Police have come up with a theme that will typify their resolve in partnering with the nation to reduce crime and road carnage. He said this is particularly because individual safety has a bearing on the safety of the broader community and therefore it is crucial to exercise neighborliness in order to optimize the levels of safety and security in the country.

Dlamini stated that police officers will be deployed in strategic areas including hotspots and high accident zones to intensify visibility and reduce the threat of crime during the festive season. He revealed that Police will be on high alert to respond to all incidents and requested the public to use the emergency line responsibly so that help could be proffered in time.

The National Commissioner also revealed that Police will intensify traffic operations such as road blocks and road side checks to enforce compliance to traffic legislations. He stated that a zero tolerance approach will be employed to clamp down on motorists who will exhibit insolent road user behavior including driving under the influence of liquor, reckless driving, overloading and over-speeding.

The Police Chief urged the public to prioritize personal safety, to protect their homes and property as well as to be vigilant in order to realize the desired safety levels. He noted that the safety of children and elders should be emphasized when it comes to crossing rivers to avoid cases of drowning. He stressed that serious precautionary measures must be taken when dealing with or carrying large sums of money to avoid falling prey to the landela gang.

Dlamini noted that all stakeholders are of equal importance in the fight against crime and road traffic accidents and applauded them for partaking in the campaign. He expressed gratitude to the Tshaneni Business Community for sponsoring the event in line entrepreneurs playing a front role in combating crime and other social maladies.