By: Eugene Dube, Swaziland
Jeffrey Shabalala, the Eswatini Defence Force Army commander who was seduced and further revealed King Mswati III’s political secrets during a sex game has resigned from the organisation.
Shabalala is one of the key Eswatini figures who played a role in the massacre of over 74 democracy activists in Eswatini in June 2021.
His resignation came after reports of an alleged sex sessions with a dissident female cop Cebile Shongwe.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent gathered that during their intimate encounter, the female cop managed to get information from Shabalala.
Shabalala announced his resignation yesterday at Nokwane during a press conference, after he was exposed in the online newspapers.
Shabalala said, “After all these developments which are in the public domain, I have taken it upon myself to make a plea to His Majesty King Mswati lll that I feel it would not be proper for me to continue as the army commander because this has a great potential to compromise my position as the army commander. In this regard therefore, I have requested Their Majesties to remove myself as the army commander and to carry on with other duties of Their Majesties. I remain a humble and a loyal servant of Their Majesties,” Tshabalala declared.
The Army commander, resigned on Monday after a police sergeant and his darling released his secret audio recordings of him allegedly plotting to kill a newspaper editor.
In the recordings, Shabalala can also be heard revealing that King Mswati III had put pressure on security forces to arrest three dissident MPs demanding greater political reforms.
It is believed that Shabalala was allegedly instructed to resign by the king to avoid further embarrassment to the king, certain Swazis believe.
In the secret recordings she made of their conversations, Shabalala can be heard speaking to a woman in siSwati. The woman was Shongwe, Zweli Martin Dlamini, the editor of the Swaziland News, told the Daily Maverick.
At one point Shabalala tells Shongwe that the security forces are planning to assassinate Dlamini, who lives in exile in South Africa.
The recording, made in July, also captures Shabalala revealing to Shongwe how Mswati had put pressure on police to arrest three MPs: Bacede Mabuza, Mthandeni Dube and Mduduzi Simelane.
In the recording, Shabalala says Mswati asked his commanders how they could arrest this man without a hearing when he was defending the king’s good name, yet they kept offering excuses not to arrest the three dissident MPs.
Dlamini said Shongwe had recorded two conversations with Shabalala in April and in July.
Zweli Martin Dlamini, told a South African publication that the former police officer sergeant Cebile Shongwe was working for the the Swaziland News.
Dlamini replied, “The sergeant was our undercover investigator to collect information.”
Information obtained is that sergeant Cebile Shongwe resigned from the police on 13 August and fled the country before being revealed as the whistle-blower.
Shongwe is expected to reveal more information about the police and soldiers.
Shongwe was quoted by the Swaziland News as saying, “I cannot continue working for a government that kills people. The national commissioner claims that just over 30 people died when in fact the number is over 100,” she was quoted as saying, referring to the June protests and riots.