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Eswatini police confiscate laptop, cellphone of citizen suspected of treason

Political leader Sibahle Nkambule’s lawyer said his client was held at a police station for three hours on Tuesday and ordered to return on Wednesday.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eswatini police have confiscated the laptop and cellphone of one of four citizens suspected of treason.

Political leader Sibahle Nkambule’s lawyer said his client was held at a police station for three hours on Tuesday and ordered to return on Wednesday.

At the weekend, the government of eSwatini denied reports that King Mswati III had ordered the arrests of Nkambule, prophet Gcina Mtsetfwa, and journalists Musa Ndlangamandla and Zweli Dlamini on allegations of treason.

Nkambule had to answer to eight police officers at the Manzini police station.

His lawyer Advocate Thulani Maseko said: “If they do believe the statement that Mr Nkambule made undermines the authority of the king, they can move against you with sedition or even terrorism.”

He said police confiscated Nkambule’s cellphone.

“They want to see what conversations he has had and they will see if they can charge him. As I understand, there was intention to charge him with treason but we will see when he gets his phone,” he said.

Maseko said while police insisted their intention was not to arrest Nkambule, they wouldn’t be surprised if they go back on their word or go as far as charging him with treason.