Lomahasha double murderer cop has a history of killing people

Nkosinathi Twenty Dlamini, the police officer who brutally shot dead two young people today in Lomahasha, has a history of shooting unarmed civilians. Before killing the two young people on Saturday night, he had previously shot another unarmed civilian dead about a year or two ago.

He shot this unidentified person while he was running away from a dagga raid. But it is his recent shooting of a protester, who is now confined to a wheelchair, that seemed to have infuriated the residents more. The name of the protestor he shot could not be immediately obtained.

Dlamini had gathered as part of mourners at a funeral service at Lomahasha. It is not known what triggered the discussion but the youth subsequently questioned his loyalty to the political establishment and why he had shot this protester. The fact that Dlamini’s victim was now wheelchair bound seemed to incense the area’s youth more who circled and interrogated him on his loyalty to the political establishment and the king in particular.

One of Dlamini's dead victims

Eyewitnesses say before he could be released he was given one or two hot claps that perhaps drove him to the edge. Dlamini, a known member of the king’s regiment who goes by the name ‘Tinseleti’, then went to the Lomahasha police station, semi drunk, and picked his R5 service rifle and came back to shoot dead Mpostoli Simelane and Sigubhu Nyoni. He shot both of them twice in cold blood.

Dlamini is currently arrested at the Simunye police station and is expected to appear for a confession tomorrow at the Simunye Magistrate Court. The Police Commissioner has already indicated that Dlamini has been suspended while the residents have held a march to the Lomahasha police station. Dlamini’s action must be understood in the context of the security establishment killing people wantonly ever since the king released the army to quell pro democracy protests where over 60 people were subsequently killed.

One of Dlamini's victims lying dead.

At a public address on Friday, the king neither acknowledged nor offered his condolences to those killed by his army. If anything, he praised the army for providing stability in the country. There are at least 78 people who have been killed so far in the country.

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