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By unknown | Oct 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

The family of a South African citizen who was arrested in Swaziland claims that the Department of Foreign Affairs does not care about their relative.

Amos Mbedzi was arrested in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the Swazi Observer newspaper offices near Lozitha Bridge.

The newspaper is accused of being pro-government.

The bomb allegedly exploded prematurely before it could be planted.

Mbedzi's accomplices, Musa Dlamini and Jack Govender, died on the scene when the bomb exploded in the car they were travelling in.

Family spokesman Farisani Mbedzi told Sowetan yesterday that Foreign Affairs told them they were not going to help thee family as far as the issue of the arrest is concerned.

"They told us that they were not going to get involved in private matters," Mbedzi said.

He said the department further claimed it knew nothing about the arrest.

Mbedzi, 44, is expected to appear today in the Mbabane magistrate's court, where he will face four counts of sedition and subversive activities.

He will also been charged with additional counts of contravening the arms and ammunition Act, which requires anyone in possession of explosives to have a licence.

Mbedzi is a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association and an official of the department of local government and housing in Limpopo.

Last week Mbedzi reportedly told the court at his appearance that he was a member of the South African National Intelligence Agency.

But the SA high commissioner to Swazilanda rejected the statement and said Mbedzi had lied.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Nomfanelo Kota told Sowetan t they had not received any information about Mbedzi's arrest.

He said they would confirm it as soon as they have the information at hand.


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