EMPANGENI November 5 1996 Sapa


South African police illegally crossed the border into Swaziland to abduct an Umkhonto we Sizwe commander and he was never seen again, the Truth Commission heard on Monday.

Nokuthula Dominica Mngomezulu, 51, told the commission's human rights violation committee, sitting in Empangeni, that her father-in-law Jeamson Ngoloyi Mngomezulu had fled to Swaziland from Ingwavuma in KwaZulu-Natal, where he was the local MK commander.

In mid-1985 two white policemen and a black member of the Inkatha Freedom Party, driving a bottle-green Toyota Cressida, abducted him and two others from his Swaziland home, Mngomezulu said.

"We never saw him again," she said.

She implicated a Capt Schoon, from Ndumo police station near the Mozambican border, in her father-in-law's abduction.

Commissioner Richard Lyster told Mngomezulu South African security forces abducted many people from neighbouring countries, particularly Swaziland, in flagrant violation of international law.

South African Press Association, 1996
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