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eSwatini police say they are empowered to conduct searches without warrants

This as human rights activists are outraged by what they call harassment of political activists who have criticised the king and the royal family.

FILE: King Mswati III, head of state of eSwatini, arrives on the second day of the conference of Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria on 10 October 2019, in Lyon, France. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - eSwatini police have confirmed to Eyewitness News that they are conducting home searches without warrants and insist they are empowered to do so if they suspect crimes have been committed.

This as human rights activists are outraged by what they call harassment of political activists who have criticised the king and the royal family.

Sibahle Nkambule was questioned earlier this week and this morning the homes of Wandile Dludlu and Sibongile Mazibuko were raided.

Police spokesperson Phindile Vilakati will not comment on the crimes the individuals are suspected of that warrant such searches but she says the searches are not over.

"We have a lot of places that we have searched, some with a warrant, some without. The Criminal Procedure Act gives us the power to search any place, person or vehicle without a search warrant if we suspect that if we delay our search, it might affect our object."