The National Executive Committee(NEC) of the Correctional Services Union has urged members to stop taking unlawful orders to harm or kill civilians.
In a public statement sent to this Swaziland News on Sunday, Mzwandile Dlamini, the Secretary General of the Eswatini Correctional Services Staff Association(ECOSSA) said as the NEC, they regretted and condemned the ongoing brutal massacre of unarmed citizens of Swaziland.
“These citizens are our brothers and sisters, hence our position to stand against any brutality towards the citizenry.ECOSSA encourages true and meaningful dialogue as opposed to violence. Our organization hereby encourages it's members to stick to their professional mandate of defending and protecting citizens of Swaziland when conducting national duties.No one has a right to kill and harm another as dictated upon by our National Constitution.Therefore members of ECOSSA are warned not to partake in the alleged crimes against humanity. You are hereby warned against taking unlawful orders to harm or kill our citizens”, read the statement in part.
Dlamini who released the statement on behalf of the NEC said they were also mindful of the emnity that was gradually taking place between the citizenry and security forces.
“We therefore advise the employer(Government) to urgently engage stakeholders for an amicable solution. Our members may eventually become victims should sister organizations like SWADNU maintain their decision not to attend to them in Public hospitals. Lastly, we hereby pass our sincere and heartfelt condolences to families of all those who lost their relatives to brutality. ECOSSA further wishes a speedy recovery to all fellow citizens who got injured during the prevailing unrest”, the Correctional Services Union said.
Eswatini is in the midst of a political chaos after King Mswati unleashed his security forces to shoot and kill civilians merely for demanding democratic reforms.
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