By Starsky Mkhonta

The Swazi Observer



A GROUP of business people, mostly foreigners (investors), stormed Nhlangano Station commander’s office in reaction to the council's crackdown on their businesses.


Assistant Superintendent Alpheus Mavuso managed to fuse what could have led to bitter relations between the town council and some of the business people.

This was after he engaged both parties to round table talks where the matter regarding the operations effected by the council was successfully thrashed out.

As early as 8:30 a.m, business people were consulting with a view to have a word with the station commander. They wanted to lay charges against the council.

However, Assistant Supt. Mavuso, who displayed his maturity in dealing with such cases, called all parties into his office where he took note of every concern registered. council, represented by Town Clerk Mandla Mdluli and Deputy Chairman David Zeeman came armed with regulations to support the council’s action, that of cracking the whip in all businesses operating without following the Urban Act.

It was during the discussions that the business people were somehow convinced that they were in the wrong. This was after Mdluli had given explanations and reasons for their action.

During the discussions, it transpired that some of the business people were ignorant of the council's regulations.

In an interview, the town clerk confirmed that they managed to iron out a few misunderstandings with some of the concerned business people who felt the decision to confiscate their wares displayed outside the buildings was unjustified.

“We managed to share ideas and the business people who had taken us to the police station eventually understood why we acted in this way.

This was after we referred them to regulations we enforce. They had agreed that they are going to comply and it was a happy ending . At first, they wanted to lay charges and after detailing clause by clause that we were not acting on our own but applying the law, it clicked to them about what was expected of them before even setting up shop in the town.

We explained to them even the importance of occupancy certificate some of them do not have even now,” said Mdluli.

He, however, noted that a majority of those affected by the crackdown, that is those who are illegal, were not part of the yesterday’s meeting. He further said only a quarter of the business in Nhlangano was part of the discussions.

On the other hand, Top Guys Directors also confirmed that they held a successful discussion with the police chief in regard to the same issue.

“In short, we no longer have grudges with the council's decision. This was after they fully explained the reasons for their action, which we were all along unaware of. Now that we are clear, we are going to comply. In future, to any foreign investor such things should be explained,” said Khairul Shajalal, the Director of Top Guys Stores and Sanibonani.

Shajalal said it was for the first time since he arrived in Nhlangano, to engage in fruitful talks with the council authorities.

“We have smoked a peace-pipe and promising to comply. We are also pleased that all our goods confiscated have been returned.

We are, therefore, seeing no use of proceeding with the legal route we intended taking,” said Shajalal who operates about five shops in Nhlangano.

Meanwhile, Mdluli on the other hand said the crackdown would still continue, as there were still a number of defiant individuals.

“That we have engaged a few of them in such talks, does not mean we are going to stop checking on those who have not bothered to come forward. The show goes on and the next stop will be the spaza phones as well as transport operators,” said the town clerk.




E100 000 for nothing!

Swazi Times


For almost a week, we have been made to believe a company belonging to king’s appointee to the Senate Thandi Maziya paid out E100 000 to bail government out in a last minute purchase of five heifers at E20 000 each to be presented to His Majesty the King as a birthday gift from government last year.

Somebody at the Home Affairs ministry was preparing to process payment to the senator’s company when the transaction was intercepted.

It has emerged that in fact, the heifers had been bought by government at E7 000 each and that it never borrowed any money from the senator’s company to pay the seller the E35 000, but used taxpayers money to do so.

This, in effect, means the E100 000 transaction is dubious by all means and somebody was all out to defraud government by claiming for goods that were never ordered or delivered (what’s new?).

The senator has publicly declared the deal legitimate, adding that her company deserves to be paid because she rescued government from embarrassment and that it was not forced to purchase the heifers from her company at E20 000 each because business is conducted on a willing seller, willing buyer basis.

In light of revelations that such heifers never existed in the first place, what the senator needs to explain now, publicly, is;

l Which heifers did she sell to government for E100 000 if government used its own money to purchase the same for E35 000?

l As a senator and an appointee of the king, serving in a government that advocates for transparency and accountability, what is stopping her from producing all the relevant documentation to support her public statements? Her credibility is seriously at stake here.

l Why the Home Affairs officials who attempted to process this transaction should not be co-charged with her and her company for attempted fraud and become the next special guests to His Majesty’s Correctional Services?

Legitimate deals have legitimate documents.

So how legitimate are yours madam senator?

Man dies in RFM queue


Swazi Times


MANZINI – The long queues and poor services by nurses who leave patients alone to pursue personal errands is alleged to have resulted in the death of an elderly man yesterday at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital.

Stephen Maphosa (70) is said to have died around 3:30pm while still waiting for his turn to be treated at the hospital’s emergency room.

The frustration of the long queues and alleged ‘lack of care’ by nurses could easily be seen on the faces of Maphosa’s relatives and other patients, who were still waiting for treatment.

Maphosa had been sickly, as he suffered from an illness related to his liver.

The family members, who were found still in a state of shock outside the emergency room in the early hours of the evening, said they knew of the problems one encountered at the hospital.

“The queues being one of the problems, we had requested our aunt who stays around Matsapha to come early and get his ticket (medical report card) and also pay for his consultation.

“This was because my father would be travelling from Mabhidzi area in the Hhohho region. There was no way he could have arrived early. We arrived at the hospital around 8:30am with my father and found my aunt already here,” said the deceased’s son, Sibusiso.

He said as the queue was long and it was very cold, his father requested that they helped him sit by the lawn, which is situated between the consultation and emergency rooms, while another relative waited in the line.

Sibusiso said the line moved at a snail’s pace as usual and another frustrating time for them was when lunch time came.

“Despite that there were a number of people who were still expecting to get treatment, the nurses came out, closed the door and said they were going to have lunch, leaving all the sick people on their own.

“The nurses came back at around 2pm and continued to work, but the lines still moved at a snail’s pace.

“My father was still alive by then. Around 3:30pm, we realised that he was not moving and simply lay on the lawn.

“When we checked we realised that he was dead,” said Sibusiso, while stifling tears.

While the family has accepted the loss, Sibusiso demanded that the matter be addressed quickly before more people died in queues at the hospital.

He lamented that they would have to go back home without their father.

RFM Administrator Leonard Dlamini could not be drawn for comment as he referred all questions to the Chief Executive Officer, Futhi Mdluli, who simply said she was not aware of such an incident.

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Njabulo Mabuza, could not be drawn for comment on the problem of long queues and nurses going on lunch breaks in government hospitals. It has been reported that the same problem also affected the Mbabane Government Hospital.

The minister’s phone went unanswered.

By Bheki Gama

The Swazi Observer



A study carried out recently in Siteki has revealed that the population is exposed to contaminated food.


Former Lubombo Health Inspector Sipho Shongwe, who is currently furthering his studies in Australia, conducted a study at Siteki, checking for staphylococcus aureus in lettuce lettuce ready to be served. All in all six restaurants checked, Shongwe discovered that they served lettuce contaminated with the poisonous bacteria.

According to Jerry Nxumalo, Food Safety and Hygiene lecturer at the University of Swaziland Mbabane campus: "The study shows that food safety standards are extremely compromised in the country." Nxumalo, who supervised Shongwe when he carried out the study, explained that the bacteria was prevalent in everyone's nose where it was not harmful. "But when it is transferred to food, staphylococcus auredous multiplies and produces toxic chemicals whose main symptoms were often nausea or vomiting and painful stomach. He added that the bacteria were able to reproduce even inside a refrigerator.

The health professional was of the view that there was a need for a proper legislation which would enforce the training of food handlers, citing the case of England where he said everyone was barred by law not to handle food unless they produced a certificate showing that they were trained in the field- a cause he said took at least two weeks. Nxumalo said food handling had a universal principle that 'you do not touch food that is ready to eat.' He added that one could only touch foods which still have to undergo heat treatment like raw meat.

The lecturer's main concern was a legislation, which would empower food safety inspectors to close down a business concern found with compromised food safety standards. "The present law authorises health inspectors to force a restaurant, food outlet or production factories to remove contaminated food whereas the international practice is to close down such businesses until inspectors are satisfied that compromised standards are no more," he said, adding: "Presently, there is no supervision of standards in the country. We need a law to enforce standards." He said above that there was a need for a food act that would deal specifically with the quality of food in the country.

Nxumalo also mentioned that the growing trend, especially in the developed world was to keep places where food is prepared open to the customer so that there is tightened monitoring of food handlers. He also said food handlers were required by law to wear white and cover their head. He said this was to make it easy to spot any traces of filth on the one serving food. He also said it was easy to spread bacteria through bread which was often left in the shelves uncovered. "Most people want to buy warm bread and they would go about (touching) feeling loaves for warmth," he said, mentioning also that in the United States of America only cold bread was on the shelves because hot or warm would produce foam inside the plastic bag and perpetrate fungus growth in the bread.

He mentioned that the country did not have laboratories to test food for any kind of germ or toxic material. "We rely on South African tested foods," he said, adding, however that the country was becoming more and more of a dumping ground for untested food, especially those imported from Asian countries, which he said were increasingly flooding the market. He cited Sudan Red, a chemical found in spices, saying "we would not have known about it had it not been for South Africa."

Nxumalo mentioned a law drafted in 1999, which he said could have addressed part of the problem if implemented. He cited Section 95 and 97 as welcome parts of this legislation. Section 95 deals with 'forced' cleanliness of premises, whilst Section 97 talks about control of street food vending. Senior Health Inspector in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Sabelo Masuku acknowledged that the country's food handling standards were compromised. He said the possibility of staphylococcus aureus could not be denied. However, he said the ministry was already piloting a project that would deal specifically with this problem. He added that his team of inspectors was working hard to improve the quality of food handling, apart from making impromptu inspections and grading food outlets for quality.

Masuku advised that people should make sure that food outlets were clean and those handling the food spotless. However, he added that during inspections they discovered that "outlets look clean at the front but were usually disgusting behind closed doors where food is prepared."

One robbery too many ( Comment )

Swazi Times


The rising incidents of robberies are once again a source of major concern, especially where guns feature prominently in the attacks.

The recent kidnapping and robbery of a bank manager and her family serves as reminder that crime levels are statistics waiting to include the rest of us who may think we are safe from harm by protecting known criminals in our domain.

Some people look to community police to provide them with a good night’s sleep, forgetting how helpless they are to a firearm.

We are encouraged to learn however that there is zero tolerance in some communities such as Nsingizini in Hluthi where a 50-year-old man and his 17-year-old son have been arrested for being found with three illegal firearms.

It’s also reported that a 28-year-old man of Mfabantfu area has also been arrested for being reported to be in possession of a revolver hidden in his house. See page 17.

The arrests, we are told, are part of the ongoing Operation Recover Illegal Firearms (ORIF).

It may look like an insignificant number, but four guns could easily kill 40 people.

Those who provided the police with information leading to the arrests ought to be commended.

We can’t always look to government to solve all our problems. Crime is a national problem which is why members of the public must prevent the robberies before they start by reporting people who keep illegal guns.

We have said it before and we will say it again; if we add the number of police officers to the good citizens of this country, we by far outnumber the criminals. Save your own life and call the nearest police station on suspicion of any criminal activity in your area, if not your own home.

By Bheki Gama

The Swazi Observer



THE delayed operationalisation of the satellite bus rank in Manzini has stalled about E50 million of investment.


This was revealed by George Hatzin, who invested about E6 million developing one of his properties adjacent to the rank. During an interview the businessman and former councillor said when he heard about the council's intentions to create a satellite bus terminus he took a business decision to develop his land with the help of Swaziland Building Society. “The building was finished just about the same time the terminus was,” he said, adding that as a businessman he saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. However, he said it has not been easy since the building was completed three years ago. He stated that the delay in getting the terminus operating was costing him dearly. “I am losing over E150 000 per month,” he said, mentioning that his building has 10 shops each costing E10 000 a month. He said five others on the first floor cost E9 000 each per month and nine offices in the second floor costing E3 000 each per month. “These prices were market value calculated three years ago,” Hatzin said.

The businessman also mentioned that every space was booked way before the building could be completed. He said all the tenants left three months down the line after realising that there was no business as everyone had hoped. He took The Swazi Observer on a tour of the property where only four offices were occupied. “I am charging half the market rate because I am aware the place has no business,” he said. Hatzin said apart from servicing the loan, he had to hire staff to maintain the building.

"I was forced to sell some of my properties to service the loan," he stated, adding that the more the operation of the bus rank was delayed the more he suffered losses.

Hatzin further said there were two other businessmen with properties near the same terminus. “One of them had already started demolishing old structures on his land in order to build new up-market ones,” he said, adding, however, that both stopped investing in their properties fearing that they might end up in his situation. “We are talking about over E50 million of investment here, where several hundreds of people were to be employed and give the municipality several million in rates per year,” he observed.

Hatzin appealed to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development to intervene and address the issue of congestion at the main bus rank by letting public transport operators know about the importance of satellite bus ranks. He said such facilities were important in fast tracking the growth of any town, adding that every city in the world expanded its revenue the same way.

“Concentration should not be on one part of the city,” he said, mentioning that the prevailing scenario made in extremely hard to drive through Ngwane street at any given time of the day. He recalled that council initially recommended two satellite bus ranks in order to counter the concentration in one place. He mentioned that another was to be built at the driver's testing ground near Sydney William Primary School. Hatzin said transport operators knew about the satellite bus rank long before it was built, only to turn against it later.

He said he would not have invested so much if he was not convinced that the facility was to operate. Manzini City Council Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elleanah Wamukoya said the city needed development. She said part of the development was looking at strategies aimed at reducing the congestion at the main bus rank.

“Manzini is growing and there is no way the current bus rank could match the growth of the city hence the development of the satellite bus rank,” she said, adding that such was the practice in cities all over the world. Wamukoya added that the negotiations between the City Council and public transport operators were on-going. She said as the council they were now finalising new strategies to get the satellite bus rank working.

On the issue of Hatzin’s investment, Wamukoya said she felt extremely sorry for the businessman. She added that council’s mandate and commitment was to fully service all ratepayers of the city, not just Hatzin. She, however, mentioned that she was hopeful that the rank would start functioning soon and that the businessman and all others who wished to invest in the same area would have a reason to stay. “We need development all over the city,” she emphasised, adding; “We are looking for a win/win situation.

We hope there would be a break through soon.” Wamukoya said it was rather too early to openly state the exact date such was likely to happen.

Meanwhile, The Swazi Observer also contacted Councillor Owen Nxumalo who said council was ready and willing to allow public transport operators to start using the facility. He stated that when the idea to built the satellite bus rank was first discussed, public transport operators were on board and agreed in principle that they would use the facility. “We were surprised later when they denied knowledge about this facility,” he said, adding that it was only after its completion that transport operators started disowning the facility.

However, he said he was hopeful that they would eventually come to some sort of agreement on the issue. He also acknowledged that it was important to distribute businesses evenly in all parts of the city so that concentration was not in one place.

He added, however, that the decision to built the satellite bus rank was not to benefit Hatzin but was to reduce concentration at the bus rank.

On the other hand, Ambrose Dlamini the chairman of the Swaziland Commercial Amadoda Road Transportation Association (SCARTA) said they would eventually utilise the facility after satisfying themselves that they would not lose out on business. “We are awaiting the completion of the Nazarene-Zakhele road and then we would discuss with council and try and address certain issues our members feel strongly about,” he said, adding that the ‘Interstate buses’ once tried to use the steatite bus rank but failed to attract customers. He denied that they were on board when the decision to build the facility was taken


By Ackel Zwane

The Swazi Observer


ELECTRICITY tariffs have gone up, 2007, it has been said. However, Public relations Officer Fikelephi said she was not in a position to confirm or deny the increment until the processes have been complement as is the case every year.


The SwaziObserver gathered that the development had been adjusted as from April 1, 2007.

The adjustment has been made by the Public Enterprise Unit in accordance with the ever increasing input costs. Mduduzi Mtsetfwa, Head of Marketing, flatly refused to make comment. An expert within the PEU said consumers should take note that the increase in the tariff was not because of the winter season but an annual adjustment.. “We acknowledge that people around this time change their consumption patterns. They tend to use heaters more, children when cooking turn on the stove for a longer time. Cooks in the kitchen let the hot water taps to run until their finish with their cutlery work, for instance. It is, therefore, important that we should assist consumers on how to conserve this type of energy,” said Mtsetfwa. he further advised consumers to change lighting bulbs to energy saving ones because winter hours are longer and therefore they would naturally pay for longer hours of lighting.

“If our consumers take note of the advice they would be able to pay promptly while remianing satisfied,” said an independent source within SEB. He added that it was important for consumers to acknowledge that SEB must adjust to the pressure of running and input costs because, in eighty percent of the cases they import the energy from neighbouring countries who also effect their own tariff increases.





Did you know that you can save money by using your electricity appliances more effectively? Reducing your electricity bill is easy! You need to know which appliances use the most electricity and control their use.





In an average household (family of four), a geyser will consume about 450Kwh per month costing around E175.41.

- Do not set the thermometer too high. A setting of 55-60 degrees Celsius is recommended.

- Do not use more hot water in the bath than necessary; topping up the bath with hot water from time to time increases electricity usage. In an ordinary bath, 12 cm of hot water represents half of the contents of a 3 kW geyser and half 4kWh of electricity is needed to heat it.

- A shower uses less than half the hot water required for a bath, therefore, it is advisable to use it often.

- Use the cold tap for cold water. Using the hot tap to obtain small quantities of cold water means that you are using cold water at the price of hot water.

- A geyser uses roughly 150Kwh a month. To replace standing heat losses, insulate the geyser and all hot water steel pipes in the roof with fiberglass or newspaper.

- Switch off the geyser when not in use, especially when leaving for holidays.




The use of two plates and the oven for roughly two hours per day consumes 300kWh of electricity per month, costing around E116.94 per month.

- Use pressure cookers or triangular pots on one stove plates.

- Match pans and pots sizes to stove plates. A small pot on a large plate means that heat around the pot is wasted.

- Do not use pots with distorted bottoms because they require more heat.

- Do not use the oven to heat the kitchen; it is more expensive and far less efficient than a normal heater.

- Switch off the stove plates or oven immediately after use, or just before the food is fully cooked. High temperatures are only necessary at the start of the cooking process.

- Microwave ovens and electric frying pans are cheaper to operate than a stove.

- Do not use the microwave oven to defrost foodstuff, because it uses more electricity; rather defrost overnight as it is free.




An electric kettle uses about 32.4Kwh of electricity per month costing E12.63 each month.

- Do not fill the kettle to the brim if you are only making tea for two; the element should, however, always be covered with water.

- It is cheaper to boil water in an electric kettle than in pot on the stove.

- Store hot water in the thermos flask for later use.



Lights use about 36Kwh per month, costing around E14.03 each month. The Consumption is, however, drastically increased if lights are left ‘on’ throughout the night, or if high-powered lights like those found in tennis courts are used.

- Switch off unnecessary lights for example when certain rooms are not in use.

- Using fewer light bulbs with higher wattages helps reduce electricity consumption. A 100 watt bulb, for example, provides the same light as two 60 watt bulbs. Where less light is needed in a room, remember that lower wattage light bulbs use less power.

- Dimming switches allow you to regulate the light level and so reduce electricity consumption.

- Compact fluorescent lights consume a quarter of the energy of incandescent lamps, but still gives five times the light and lasts up to 10 times longer than them.

- Clean your light bulbs regularly, layers of dust absorb up to 30 percent of the light from the bulbs.




An electric heater (1500W) uses 4.5 kWh of electricity during a period of three hours or 135kWh per month costing around E53 per month.

- Insulate the ceiling with insulating material.

-Keep doors to unheated rooms closed.

- Draughts through doors and windows can increase room-heating costs by as much as 15%.

- Use lower voltage heaters. Our winters seldom warrant elaborate heating systems.

- Ensure that the heater has a thermostat.

- It is cheaper to use an electric blanket than to heat the bedroom with a heater.

- Curtains also help to retain heat in room.

- Always make sure that the aluminum part at the back of your heater is clean and shining because it help to emit heat into the room. Once it has turned black, you can coat it with foil paper so that your room remains warm.


A refrigerator with a freezer uses about 198kWh each month, costing E77.18 month.

- Choose a refrigerator size based on the needs of your family, refrigerators operate at peak efficiency when filled.

- Avoid opening doors unnecessarily.

- Ensure that door seals are in good condition.

- Do not place hot food or liquids in the refrigerator.

-Defrost regularly according to the manufacturer’s specifications. A heavy build up of ice reduces operating efficiency and increases the running costs.


- Do not buy larger or more powerful electrical appliances than are actually required.

- Do not buy an electric appliance where a hand-operated one would suffice.

- Use the correct appliance for the job. For instance do not use the oven to make toast.

- Solar heating units can reduce the geyser’s electricity

THE Swaziland Electricity Board was established in 1963 to generate, transmitt and distribute power. SEB’s power generation facilities consist mainly of hydro and diesel generators. Swaziland was self sufficient in electricity generation until 1973 when it began to experience a short fall due to the growing demand hence the first 132kV ESKOM line was built.Thereafter two ESKOM feeders were built as result of the growing demand. The situation was somewhat improved when the 400kV power line enroute to Mozambique,Maputo to supply the Mozal Aluminium smelter was introduced in Swaziland. This allowed the establishment of a 400/132kV bulk supply substation at Edwaleni as part of the 400kV Project.

The scope of the initial phase of the project entailed the establishment of an interconnected 132kV grid/network within Swaziland, which linked the existing (3) 132kV lines from ESKOM and new power lines from the new bulk supply substation at Edwaleni. Phase I of the intergration project included the upgrade of all the existing 132/66kV substations that supplied the 66kV networks distributing power to the rest of the country together with establishing a new 132/11kV substation.

The planning and design criteria adopted for the reinforcement and upgrade of the 132kV network was for firm or single contingency (N-1) capability on both transmission lines and substation equipment.


Rapist invades girls’ hostel


Swazi Times



NHLANGANO- A daring alleged rapist took advantage of a lack of security at Ngwane Teachers College and invaded the Girls’ Hostel in the early hours of Wednesday.

The man seemed not to fear the dozens of students housed there as he stormed into one of the dormitories, assaulted a student as he attempted to rape her, while another, who tried to save her colleague, was also beaten.

A cloud of fear is currently engulfing the female student fraternity here as they suspect the man, who later fled, might return.

Police are still searching for him. The names of the survivors of the attack are known to the Times, but have been withheld due to the sensitivity of the matter.

It was established that the man might have taken advantage of the poor lights near the Lomahasha Hostel and lack of security as the fence is of a poor quality and launched his attack.

One of the survivors, now sporting bruises, said she was saved by a fellow student from another dormitory as the man pounced on her.

She had to be hospitalised as she was being treated for a partially closed eye, as her attacker punched her with the intention to weaken her to submit to his demands for sex.

The survivor said she was still finding it hard to come to terms with her ordeal.

“I was woken up by a sound of someone banging the door at my dormitory and suddenly I saw a man inside with a headscarf. I hastily sat up; then the man approached me on my bunk bed with a sharp object,” she said.

She said she pleaded with him to take her money or cellphone and leave her alive, but he shook his head in an indication that he did not want both of the things she had offered and he began pulling down her pyjamas.

“He did not utter a word, but reached for my pyjamas and I screamed when he was about to reach for my underwear. I screamed repeatedly, but my roommates lay still,” she said. A brave girl from another dormitory, who heard her colleague crying, came to her rescue.

The would-be rapist’s attention was then diverted from his first victim to the one at the door.

She said, “When I opened the door the man came running towards me and told me to back off. He then hit me with an object on my forehead and I lost my balance and collapsed.”

She said by the time she recovered from the dizziness induced when she was hit, the suspect had fled the hostel.

“Most people then arrived at the scene and the Nhlangano police were called. They took us to hospital and we were treated and discharged the very same evening,” she said.

She said since the incident she was really scared of being on campus. Most students who were interviewed said they were also scared, adding that the suspects were finding it easy to break into the dormitories.

“There are no security guards who patrol our hostels like it is at the University of Swaziland. We have requested additional security personnel from the administration,” a student added.

College Principal Amos Mahlalela could not be reached for comment since his mobile phone was off yesterday for the whole day. His deputy, Jane Malinga, also could not be reached by the time of compiling this report.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Vusi Masuku, confirmed the incident and said the girls had opened two cases of assault against the wanted man.


Sylvia warns against buying on credit
By Thabile Masuku

The Swazi Observer



BUSINESSWOMAN of the Year Sylvia Mthethwa has urged women to invest for their families and avoid buying on credit.


She was speaking during a mother’s day luncheon she organised, held at Esibayeni Lodge yesterday.

Mthethwa said it was important for women to think ahead to ensure that they provide for their families. The theme of the event was ‘Woman, the Homemaker, Leader and Entrepreneur’.

She said investing for their families was expected of women, as homemakers, leaders and entrepreneurs.

“Our parents used to keep seeds for planting the following season. Do not eat the seed. Ayidliwa inhlanyelo,” she said.

The director of Progress Stationery said it was the responsibility of women to make sure they invested whatever income they got into the future.

“Sometimes, as women, we tend to spend too much instead of investing. Let’s try to invest for our children so that they don’t suffer,” she said, further making examples of women who made a living through the selling of handicraft (zenzele). “I want to encourage women with small businesses. They are very important. You don’t have to start big,” said Mthethwa.

She then warned women about being wasteful and made a stern call against buying on credit.

“Buying clothes and everything by credit is not right,” she said.

On another note, Mthethwa said women had a very important role to play in leadership. She said actually, the future of any society lay with mothers.

“Women are in the forefront even in starting projects at community level. Remember that you are leaders of this country as well as leaders in the whole world,” she said.

To qualify this point, Mthethwa paid tribute to all women leaders in the country, such as women chiefs, cabinet ministers, senators and Members of Parliament. She made an example of Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Dumsile Sukati, who was present at the event, and said she was quite impressed by the minister for also standing for parliamentary elections, despite that she was already a cabinet minister.

“We have many women organisations that educate each other, such as Ashewu initiated by Professor Lydia Makhubu. We also have kagogo centres, where children can at least have a plate of food a day through women. Charity organisations, as well, are mainly started by women,” she said.

Lastly, Mthethwa said women needed to be trustworthy, faithful and be consistent sources of encouragement and motivation. Moreover, she said they needed to be helpful in their communities.

The packed event was attended by His Majesty’s Emakhosikati LaMotsa, LaMbikiza, LaNgangaza, LaMahlangu and LaNtentesa.

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When a king walks …

Swazi Times


The presence of His Majesty the King at the ‘Fight Hunger Walk the World’ event calls for renewed commitment from his government that has so often disappointed where it mattered most.

The walk was in aid of the improvement of the lives of children suffering in child hunger and under-nutrition.

Children in Swaziland are growing up to a population where 70 percent of the people live on less than E7 a day; the HIV infection rate stands at 38.9 percent; over 70 000 children have no parents and to an economy that is struggling to grow beyond two (2) percent annually.

The above statistics represent a once thriving economy that has been well mismanaged. As we walk for the improved lives of our children, it is important not to lose sight of how this country has failed them, excusing natural disasters.

The country is still licking the wounds of the E50 million job creation scandal that has seriously undermined one of a series of efforts launched by the king to alleviate poverty within our communities. This has become a norm in our society with all funds initiated to thwart poverty. The Regional Development Fund is another case in point.

The walk by the king therefore signifies the need for introspection amongst all the king’s men, some of whom sit comfortably in boards or institutions of appointment enjoying ‘double salaries’ and triple in some cases.

Instead of closing the legislative loopholes that allow this, they have taken to widening them to the detriment of all the children we walk for today who will grow up to find nothing left in the coffers.

The walk by the king should signal an end to the use of the king’s name to make triple profits through anything to do with royalty where the taxpayer would often pay double for the same furniture (if delivered), thanks to the unscrupulous suppliers working hand in hand with some ‘dirty’ king’s men. The walk should mean double, if not triple effort ought to be made by government to block the E40 million a month that flows towards corruption so we may save enough to divert towards poverty alleviation initiatives in preparation for a brighter future for our children.

If all the above could walk in front and set the moral and uncorrupted pace, there is no reason for the rest not to follow in their good footsteps to provide a healthy future for our children.

Effluent pours into dam
By Starsky Mkhonta

The Swazi Observer



THE only factory in Hlatikulu town, Chuan -Yi-Paper is allegedly depositing its effluent into a water reservoir used by the public.


The company, situated near Sibetsamoya, has provoked the wrath of residents into calling for its immediate closure following failure to ensure that the chemicals used when processing its products do not spill into the nearby dam supplying water to a large number of residents.

There are uninformed reports of some residents suffering from bouts of unknown illnesses blamed on the contaminated water. This is more so because some of the residents have no alternative water supply or access to clean, safe water..

Right at the beginning of this month, angry residents staged a protest march and demanded an explanation from the company authorities why they (residents) were being 'poisoned'.

In an interview, Hlatikulu Town Clerk Sandile Hlatshwako, confirmed that residents were not at all happy in the manner the company conducted business, in particular its failure to have the spillage of the chemicals addressed.

"It's a very hot and sensitive issue. Residents have been complaining all along but this time, they are seemingly showing signs of being fed up. Just last week, a number of them staged a protest march threatening to deal with the management. Some were even overheard shouting that if nothing was done soon, they may be forced to take the worst decisions," said Hlatshwako.

The Town Clerk said there had been numerous reminders where the company was advised to seek other alternatives to avoid the spillage of the chemicals into the said water consumed by the public.

He said there were some efforts by the company to stop the spillage but had not worked out to the expectations of the residents.

"They tried creating what is known as French drainage but still the system has not worked. We are experiencing one and the same problem, hence some of the residents now want to deal with the company directly. Last week the situation was so tense and we are not too sure whether we are going to be able as a municipality to control them in future if the polluted water issue remains unresolved," said the Town Clerk.

On the other hand Company Senior Manager Dum'sani Dlamini said they were not folding their arms but were busy addressing the problem. Dlamini, who said it would be proper for the reporters to visit the site for a first hand impression to prove that the issue was given all the attention it deserved, said things had improved.

"You better personally visit us to observe what I am talking about. Come personally so that you may have a clear picture of what I am talking about," said the Manager.

Residents started complaining about their safety in the wake of the factory giant with questionable spillage as far back as two years ago.

When reached for comment, the Swaziland Environmental Authority (SEA) confirmed that such an issue had been reported. Mboni Dlamini, one of the senior officers, said in as far as they were concerned, the parties concerned would find a lasting solution.

"Such an issue was reported and we went to the site where we recommended what needed to be done to prevent the said chemicals from spilling into the reservoir," said Dlamini


Man donates E1m to Jeremiah’s church

Swazi Times



MANZINI – A local businessman, responding to a calling from above, will spend approximately E1 million in funding national crusades for Apostle Jeremiah Dlami-ni’s Faith Christian Fello-wship Ministries (FCFM). The businessman, who is in property development and plies his trade both in Swaziland and South Africa, said he received a calling from God on how His Word could be spread throughout the country.

Mathokoza Shongwe, who has his own ministry, the Soul for Christ Ministry, said he would work with Apostle Jeremiah on the crusades, seeing as he had already started on them.

He said his calling led him to Apostle Jeremiah, whom he claims to have not known until he shared the vision of having the crusades throughout the country.

“He shared the vision of revivals, yet God had also given me the same calling of Evangelism.

“God made it possible that we meet and there was a need that I work with the Apostle, because we had the same burden,” said Shongwe.

He said this meant that he was going to work hand in hand with the Apostle in the revivals around the country.

When asked how the E1 million would be used, Shongwe said the programme had an ongoing plan, which could use up E1m in the long run. He said this could happen when they cross the Swazi border.

He said the first revivals, which will be held in Manzini, could be estimated around E200 000.

Shongwe said the different areas they would visit around the country would have different expenditures.

He said the most costly would be the crusades that would be held in stadiums.

It was gathered that Apostle Jeremiah had announced at his church that the crusades had received a donation of E1 million. Shongwe said the Apostle could have been making reference to the overall amount after all the regions had been visited.

“I cannot quote a figure as it may be lower or higher at the end of the day.

“This is mainly because one crusade may cost about E200 000.

“We will be looking at having five crusades in stadiums,” he said.

Senior church members expressed excitement on the one million Emalangeni donation, but would not be drawn to comment as they referred all questions to the Apostle.

“We are aware of the donation, but we do not have the logistics.

“The Apostle, as a senior member of the church, would be in a better position to issue a statement,” said a member of the church.

Apostle Jeremiah, when reached for comment, requested not to say anything as yet and set an appointment for next week Wednesday.

More woes in hunt for rig moneys
By Bheki Gama

The Swazi Observer



INTEREST accruing from the E9 million much talked about water drilling rig ‘special account’ could not be finalised by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday, pending a court judgment.


MPD Marketing and Supplies (PTY) LTD took government to court to stop a commission of inquiry into the purchase of the rig and the interest.

The ministry of natural resources and energy officials, led by Principal Secretary Bremmer Nxumalo, explained that the court was yet to pronounce a judgment on the case and therefore their hands were tight.

The ministry official appeared before the committee yesterday after he promised the PAC answers last Thursday when he was grilled by the PAC, which wanted to know as to whom between government and MPD Marketing and Supplies (PTY) LTD benefited from the interest. He asked the committee for some time to consult with the Attorney General’s Office, which he said authorised the release of the amount to MPD Marketing and Supplies (PTY) LTD. The company, owned by Senator Mpheni Dlomo, won tender number 177 of 2004/2005 to procure and supply the water drilling rig on behalf of the state.

The ministry produced a response to the committee’s key questions that was signed by the Attorney General, Majahenkhaba Dlamini.

The AG mentioned that the issue of interest was with a commission which, however, could not finish looking into the matter because of court proceedings instituted by Dlomo’s company.

The AG’s response read in part: “In your response of today you wished to know if the government funds which were locked in a bank guarantee accrued any Interest. These are the funds which were set aside for the purchase of the drilling rig and accessories.”

Further, it said: “You will recall that this matter of the rig caused a lot of dust for many persons when it appeared that payment had been made but delivery not effected at all or timeously.

“As a result of the confusion government set up a commission to investigate and report on any loss which government suffered following the alleged payment without delivery.

When the commission was challenged by MPD Marketing and Supplies, it stopped its proceedings pending the outcome of the court case. The court has not yet delivered its judgment. So the commission has not yet reported.”

Finally, the AG said: “The report of the commission would in part show the interest lost as a result of the guarantee deal. This is, it there was any loss at all.”

The ministry took quite a while trying to explained how the ‘special guarantee account’ came about. However, the Clement Dlamini-chaired committee proved hard to convince.

A heated debate ensued afterwards as PAC members pushed the ministry for answers. The committee wanted to know how the E9 million was reached as a price for the drilling rig when it was said the rig cost E7 million. The ministry said the E9 million was reached after the inclusion of the support truck and accessories which amounted to E1.5 million.

MP Elias Sikhondze wanted to know who was responsible for the MPD account, Special Account and the Bank Guarantee.

Nxumalo said everything was done in conjunction with the Accountant General’s office. The chairman asked Accountant General Elliot Sihlongonyane to explain his relationship with the ministry with regard the issue at table.

Sihlongonyane, however, wished to consult with his lawyers first before taking the floor. Later he said he only wanted to table his concern that he was an interested party in the court case and wanted the concern to be recorded before he could explain in detail how he handled the rig payments.

MP Vulindlela Msibi suggested that the debate be stopped because the matter was still pending before court. However, the chairman ruled him out. After several attempt, the chairman threatened to chuck him out if he persisted. It was then that Moi Moi Masilela suggested a caucus for the PAC.

The suggestion was subsequently supported by the majority. However, Sihlongonyane was asked to relate how he handled the rig matter. He explained that the manufacturers of the equipment wanted 65 percent of the total cost of the rig deposited up front before they started manufacturing the equipment.

He said this was not new, adding that police caspirs and other heavy machinery were bought in the same manner. He said he was satisfied that the money would be returned to the state should anything happen.


Spear-wielding man burns uncle to death


Swazi Times


KAMKHWELI – An elderly man died painfully on Sunday evening when his nephew locked him up in his own hut before setting it on fire.

The nephew, Sipho Gadlela, is said to have not only locked Babili Masina inside the house, but stood guard outside with a spear, which he threatened to stab him with if he dared attempt to escape.

Rather than face Gadlela who stood guard with the spear, Masina opted to take his chances with the fire, which resulted in his death.

Gadlela is said to have further chased away relatives and other people who tried to come to Masina’s rescue by stoning them and threatening to stab them with the spear.

While all this happened, the fire raged on with Masina still inside.

This was the tragic end to a protest Masina had over what he suspected to be a secret love affair between Gadlela and his (Masina’s) wife, LaZwane.

The incident has left the small community in anger as they have made known their feelings towards the suspected couple for its actions.

It was gathered that Masina (68), in a fit of anger, had earlier set 44-yeard-old Gadlela’s hut on fire after he found his wife LaZwane (35) inside with the door locked. The two were still inside when he burnt.

This was after he had found the gate to the homestead locked and had to force his way in.

According to relatives, Masina told the two suspected lovers to vacate his premises after they refused to let him into the house, fuelling his suspicions of the affair.

Masina’s grieving brother Abraham said the deceased had returned home late that day from a neighbouring homestead.

“He spent several minutes outside the gate before he forced his way in, only to find that his wife of six years was with the nephew, locked in his house. He then started a fire and set the house alight,” said the brother.

The two are said to have rushed out and then tried to save a number of items they could, before the raging fire brought the stick and mud house to the ground in ashes.

All that remained of the hut was the metal frame of Gadlela’s single bed and a small part of the smoke-tainted walls.

A resident, Make Lewis, said she saw a bustling flame from a distance and knew that there was trouble as she could also hear the argument from her house.

She said arguments were common at the Masina homestead because the trio were regular consumers of traditional brew (umcombotsi).

“This time I could hear that Gadlela was angry because his clothes had been burnt and he threatened Masina. I then heard him shouting, ‘ngitokugwaza ngalesikhali, sitobona uto phumaphi (I will stab you with this spear, we will see how you will get out.),” she alleged.

She said they then rushed to the scene with other residents, only to find Masina’s house also burning with Gadlela outside, armed with a spear and a bushknife.

“Whoever tried to walk in through the gate was stoned by Gadlela and he also threatened to stab them, if they entered,” the other residents, who had come to inspect the damage said.

Later, police and Fire Services personnel were called to the scene and they disarmed the man, but by the time the fire was put out Masina had been burnt to death.

His remains were found huddled in a corner, which was evidence that he had tried to hide from the fire.

Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Vusi Masuku confirmed the incident and said Gadlela was charged with murder.

By Mbongiseni Ndzimandze

The Swazi Observer



ABOUT six Japanese were arrested at Mahamba border while trying to illegally cross into the country.
The six Wang Peiven, Zeing Liugen, You Yanham, Huang Haunzi and Tang Guantogbing were arrested by members of the Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force who later handed them over to the Nhlangano police.

Captain Khanya Dlamini stated that they were arrested while trying to jump the fence. Upon investigations it was discovered that all of them were without valid traveling documents or permits thus rendering them likely to be guilty of contravening the Immigration Act. Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Vusi Masuku said police handed over the Japanese to the courts for legal proceedings.

He said they were facing charges of contravening the Immigration Act.

By the time of their arrest they were not carrying anything, which, it is believed, is a clear indication that they only wanted to cross into the country.

Captain Dlamini also reported that soldiers in various cordons in the country, especially Maphiveni, Lomahasha, and Mhlumeni managed to arrest 38 Mozambicans who were trying to get into the country.

“USDF serves to sustain, defend and promote peace. We appreciate the relationship we have maintained with the communities in our operational areas,” he said obviously in appreciation of co-operation with communities in the border areas. He also reported that at Sicunusa 11 cattle were stolen and the matter was later handed over to Nhlangano police who are currently investigating.

Captain Dlamini also said soldiers along Mshololo arrested two men from South Africa who were carrying dagga weighing 54kg stuffed in a black plastic.

The Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force also confisticated goods valued at over E 20 000 pending payment of customs duty.

The goods include, amongst others bags of onions, potatoes, 30 packets of boss whisky, 12 cases of missa maneria and 50 volumes of cigarettes.

Captain Dlamini said the threat to peace and stability of the kingdom would stimulate the USDF to move its force to the troubled arrears where lives of residents staying next to the borders are at risk.





Suicide ex-cop leaves country


Swazi Times


SITEKI – The former police officer who tried to force his children to take weevil tablets in a mass suicide attempt is believed to have left for Mozambique with the poisonous tablets.

Thembela Matsenjwa is protesting alleged non-payment of gratuity by government, and has tried in vain numerous times to get the relevant authorities to attend to his matter.

Matsenjwa, 58, is currently wanted by the Siteki police, who plan to take him in for counselling following his attempt to commit suicide and force his three children to do same.

His wife told the police yesterday that she had learnt that her husband was in Mozambique; here he would spend a few days before returning to the country.

It could not be gathered why Matsenjwa had to take with him the packet of weevil tablets.

Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Vusi Masuku said the Siteki Station Commander had taken it upon himself to see that Matsenjwa and the children were safe.

“He paid them a visit on Wednesday night and yesterday morning with the intention to see if they were alright. Unfortunately he did not find Matsenjwa. It was only in the morning that his wife said he (Matsenjwa) was in Mozambique,” he said.

Supt. Masuku said the police would wait for Matsenjwa to return, at which time they would discuss the matter with him as they believed he was exposing his children to danger.

“We are concerned about the lives that are being exposed to danger and, as one of our responsibilities is to keep peace and prevent harm, we will talk to him about the situation,” he said.

On Wednesday, Matsenjwa locked himself and his children in a bedroom, where he said he wanted everyone to take the weevil tablets and end what he described as their miserable lives.

He said circumstances compelled him to do this.

Matsenjwa claimed that government was refusing to pay him his dues after he worked at the Anti-Abuse Unit for years.

He retired from the police service in the late 1980s after a doctor recommended he did so on medical grounds.

Save the Children condemned Matsenjwa’s act of involving his children in what they termed ‘blackmail’.

Royal Advisor had dire financial straits
By Thulani Ndwandwe

The Swazi Observer



ROYAL Advisor Ngcinyane Sibanyoni could have died along Gilffilan Street in Mbabane after taking his life due to financial problems, it has been gathered.


He had parked the car to swallow the tablets. He then called one reverend to where he was and it was then that he was rushed to Mbabane Clinic where he finally succumbed to death. The reverend found him still vomiting but could speak, it was revealed. The reverend came with the deceased’s grandson. He showed them the note, it was gathered, which was later taken to the family and subsequently to the police.

Our investigations revealed that Sibanyoni left a six-page suicide note with details of funeral proceedings to the point of specifying what he wanted in the programme.

In the letter he stated that he could not continue living anymore because of the circumstances under which he lives. He was not specific, however, on the child bringing him misery.

Our sources emphasised that his death had nothing to do with his work.

The note contained mainly what he wished would follow after his demise. It was gathered that he bought five weevil tablets and swallowed all of them. He washed the tablets down with a Coca Cola soda, it was gathered.

A reverend from the AEC Church was designated to lead the funeral proceedings and the deceased requested no night vigil.

In the letter he mentioned names of certain personalities he wished would be first to know and do certain things for him.

One of these is the reverend, who was among the first to arrive in the Ezulwini home.

Sources revealed that part of the unbearable conditions were:

*Had too many debts

*Had problems with one of his children who gave him torrid time.

*Sold his home to live with one of the children.

*Proceeds from sale of home exhausted, more misery.

*Income from recent engagements could not improve situation. Before contemplating suicide had been hit with a club while asleep, preferred to spend the night in backyard.

Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Vusi Masuku said relatives came to report Sibanyoni’s death and investigations were being conducted by the Mbabane police. He said forensic investigations, including a post-mortem, would be conducted to establish the cause of death.

When asked about the details of the suicide note Superintendent Masuku would only confirm that it was handed over to the police “but for ethical reasons I can disclose its contents only the next of kin of the deceased to whom the note was addressed.”

Before retiring from the police service he was a Senior Superintendent. He was once Commander at Matsapha College in the mid 80s and on retirement he was Regional Commander for Hhohho region.

Some sources close to the family said his death could have been the only escape to peace because a number of people gave him a tough time demanding payment for the many debts he incurred as a result of the demanding child.

Mayor jets out on gravy trip


Swazi Times


MBABANE – Manzini City Mayor Zibuse Simelane left the country last weekend on the controversial trip to three Asian countries.

Simelane was accompanied by two council officials. These are Chief Health Inspector Richard Mamba and Treasurer Goodluck Gule.

They will be away for about two weeks.

The trip takes them to Thailand, Malaysia and The Philippines, where they will be attending international executive short courses.

The courses are on Good Urban Governance and Project Planning and Management. Registration fees for the three officials exceeded E90 000. This figure excludes air fares and allowances. The figure covers accommodation and breakfast, where meals are concerned.

The trip became controversial from the onset, when it was announced at a council meeting.

Half the number of councillors opposed it, but later, it was put to the vote again and the majority were for it.

Ratepayers decided to take the matter to Housing and Urban Development Minister Mabili Dlamini, requesting him to stop the mayor and officials from going on the trip.

The minister weighed the options and felt that it would be better for the three to go ahead.

The Times has established that at the time the issue reached the minister’s office, the registration fees had already been paid.

“The minister felt that the ratepayers would lose about E90 000 if the trip was called off,” said Principal Secretary (PS) Paul Nkambule.

“Also, the issue had been a council resolution and it is not normally easy to rescind resolutions already taken.” The three are expected to give a report to the minister when they return. They are expected back in the country on May 15, 2007.

Acting Mayor Jonathan Sigudla – a pastor – did not want it known that the three had taken the trip. He said as far as he was aware, the mayor was in the country. He was called on more than one occasion, but maintained his stand. “I am not the acting Mayor. I’m only the deputy,” he said. Simelane informed his principals at his workplace before the weekend that he would be out of the country for two weeks on council business.


Parly sets up St. Marks probe
By Mbongiseni Ndzimandze

The Swazi Observer


A parliament select committee to investigate operations of St. Marks Primary school in Mbabane has since been set up.


The probe comes after Mbabane East Member of Parliament Esther Dlamini moved a motion that a probe be put in place, since there was a lot going wrong in that school.

The committee will investigate, amongst others, the working conditions, which were once described as unbearable by parents and teachers.

It will also investigate allegations of funds misappropriation in the school, which parents believe was the major cause of poor performance.

Other things that the committee is expected to investigate include the alleged sour relationship between the head teacher and parents.

The parliamentary committee include, amongst others, Mariah Ntshangase, Mfomfo Nkambule and Aaron Dladla.

The committee is expected to resume operations soon and make recommendations on how the school could be rescued since it was clear that it was heading to the rocks.

The committee is also expected to recommend on what action should be taken on the alleged misappropriation of funds and the unworkable conditions.

In one of the parents' meetings they expressed their dissatisfaction on the way some of the things were being handled and further asked the ministry of education to intervene.

The Members of Parliament will also investigate the issue of stationery, school committee and some other issues of concern raised by parents.

So serious was the situation that the Hhohho regional education officer was once called to intervene.

One parent during one of their meetings stunned the gathering when he alleged that pupils were taught about sex, which he promised to produce evidence if he was to be challenged.

The school is currently headed by Chris Davis after the departure of Lucky Zwane, who was transferred to Motshane primary school where he is also the principal.

Members of the public or anyone who has anything to say to the committee pertaining the school or any vital information is encouraged to come forward.

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Boyfriends assault MTN employee
Swazi Times


MBABANE – A female employee of Swazi MTN was severely assaulted by both her current and former boyfriends following alleged leakage of her cellular phone printout to the two men.

The printout that got the woman into trouble was allegedly leaked by one of her workmates, both present and former boyfriends claimed.

The current boyfriend, who resides in Manzini, is a former employee of the same company and he was based at the same branch where the woman is now stationed.

The names of the three are known to the Times, but will not be revealed at this stage for ethical reasons.

A source said when Sicelo* got hold of the leaked printout, it confirmed his suspicion that his girlfriend, Futhi*, was still secretly involved with her former boyfriend, Bongani*.

The two men know each other.

It could not be gathered whether the printout got to the hands of the two on request or it was voluntarily given to them.

“Sicelo then drove all the way from his place of residence to Matsapha to pick an unsuspecting Futhi and headed for his house, where he assaulted her. He first showed her the printout and the two argued over the matter before he assaulted her,” said the source.

“He cited this information as the source of the argument, which led to him assaulting Futhi,” the source continued.

Futhi suffered minor bruises during the fight that took place last weekend and little did she know that something worse was still coming.

On Wednesday last week, the ex-boyfriend, Bongani, came to her flat and questioned her about calls and messages she had exchanged with Sicelo.

“He said he saw a printout that indicated that Futhi started going out with Sicelo even before she broke up with him,” said a witness.

Apparently, he also revealed how he got to know all this and even mentioned the name of Futhi’s workmate, whom he claimed leaked the printout.

This time Futhi sustained serious bruises which are still visible on the face, neck and shoulders.

After the attack, she called the police, who assisted her to get to a private clinic, where she was treated and given three days sick leave.

When reached for comment, Futhi, who was in sunshades to cover injuries in the eye, confirmed the double assault.

She, however, refused to further discuss the matter and said it was still under the jurisdiction of the relevant parties.

Futhi was also reluctant to make comment on her relationship with both assailants.

MTN Corporate Affairs Manager Mphilo Dlamini said he was not aware of the matter and said he was out of the country last week when it was said to have happened.

“I have, however, checked and have been told none of the sort has reached the company authorities,” he said.

Dlamini said if the company had been informed, it would now be investigating the implicated employee for unethical conduct in releasing the printout.