The eSwatini Solidarity Fund has condemned what it calls the heavy battering of their steering committee member Tibusiso Mdluli together with other young women and democracy activists.

Tibusiso Mdluli shot to national prominence as a member of the Solidarity Fund steering committee who criss crossed the entire country giving humanitarian support to the survivors of the June Massacre last year. She has been visible in most of the recent protests against gender-based violence and has been a familiar face at the court appearance and trial of democracy MP’s Mthandeni Dube and Bacede Mabuza. The Solidarity Fund’s Lethokuhle Manzini said they condemned the mindless assault of Mdluli together with Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO) Manzini Regional Deputy Secretary Nontsetselelo Nkambule, Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA)’s Anderson Dlamini and Ncaba Gwebu.

“This is the final show of a decadent low the government has reached. It is now clear that the state has become fully blown fascist and such senseless and unprovoked attacks on young women show that the country has reached a low-intensity war against unarmed and defenceless civilians,” Manzini said in a statement. Mdluli and the four other activists were abducted at the Mbabane bus rank by over 40 police officers after attending the court appearance of our incarcerated MP’s Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube.

They were then abducted, indecently assaulted and buttered by the police before being dumped at Mvutjini. “Comrade Tibusiso and our three cadres are now undergoing medical assessment at RFM hospital in Manzini. They are very traumatised and psychologically damaged after today’s ordeal,” continued Manzini in a statement. The Solidarity Fund intends to take legal action against the police officers and will tomorrow open a case of assault and indecent assault at the Manzini police station.