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NATCOM SUSPENDS TRAVEL PERMITS FROM CHIEFS

By KHETSIWE KHUMALO AND ZWELETHU DLAMINI | 2020-04-30

Mbabane - NATIONAL Commissioner of police William Tsitsibala Dlamini yesterday announced the suspension of travel permits from traditional authorities like chiefs and those issued by tindvuna tetinkhundla or bucopho with immediate effect.

This decision was taken after strict regulations on people’s movement and the full lockdown measures in Manzini region was being rendered useless by the influx of these letters which were produced in various roadblocks throughout the country.

Dlamini explained that people should not find a way to beat the strict restrictions put in place by government by producing letters with frivolous excuses for their travel. Statement In his statement which was also run on national radio, EBIS, NatCom announced that they will not be accepting travelling permits from non-essential service providers with effect from 5am today.

He said after they were from visiting road blocks in the country with Army Commander General Jeffrey Tshabalala and Commissioner General of His Majesty’s Correctional Services Phindile LaMakhosini Dlamini, they discovered that officers were now having a hard time to deal with these travel permits, which in their view do not justify the trip to be undertaken.

He said they even observed first-hand that the number of motorists on the roads had increased after they behaved on Monday and Tuesday.

“This is affecting us tremendously as there are a lot of people that are travelling using permits that they have sourced from either tindvuna tetinkhundla or bucopho who have approved their movements.

“We will only allow two permits; the first being people who need to go to hospital and have a doctor’s note with them and are showing signs of being sick This must be accompanied by a permit that has been stamped by umphakatsi,” said Dlamini.

Approve Dlamini added that they will also approve travelling permits from the companies that are known as providing essential service in the country, making an example of the Eswatini Electricity Company and Eswatini Water Services Corporation and those listed by the minister of commerce as essential services.

He said other companies that are not considered as providing essential services should therefore stop.

“Therefore, all other reasons for approved travels should stop,” stated Dlamini. The NatCom pleaded with the nation to stop the unnecessary movement in order to reduce covid-19 cases .

He warned that the country will not win the COVID-19 war if people continue to be on the road for simple reasons that they are going to do shopping. Dlamini encouraged the nation to shop within their vicinity.

“We thank everyone who is complying with the stated lockdown regulations and appeal to others as well to follow the guidelines given by the government by staying home and staying safe,” said Dlamini.

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