eSwatini: Attorney representing soldier accused of killing three relatives reportedly receiving death threats

Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Sipho Gumedze is said to be receiving threats from one of the family members of the deceased. According to a source close to the matter, some people who were directly involved in the matter called Gumedze on his cellphone and proceeded to issue threats against him. This was after they had learnt that he would be representing Nhlanhla Moris Dlamini, who is facing three charges of murder. He is alleged to have shot and killed three of his family members over land dispute. It is alleged that during the telephone conversation, the caller, among other things told Gumedze to desist from representing the soldier, or he would face the consequences. “The caller told him that they will soon deal with him in the event he continues to represent Morris. The caller, who sounded livid, also accused Gumedze of being the one who instructed the accused to act in the manner he (allegedly) did, which resulted in the death of the trio,” alleged the impeccable source. The people he is accused of killing are Andy Dlamini (54), Thandi Lukhele (72) and Dumisile Dlamini (52). He is accused of killing the three on September 24, 2023, near Lomshiyo in the Hhohho Region.


In an urgent bail application that was heard at the High Court, Morris told the court that on September 4, 2023, he was arrested by members of the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS), who subsequently charged him with three counts of murder and two of arson. He recounted the events that led to the alleged killing of the trio. He alleged that on September 23, 2023, while at his home he was attacked by a group of people, who included the three deceased persons. The attack follows a long protracted land dispute between Morris and the children of the now-late Thandi Dlamini. When reached for comment, Gumedze confirmed that he reported the matter on Friday at Pigg’s Peak Police Station.




eSwatini: Attorney representing soldier accused of killing three relatives reportedly receiving death threats