Excerpts from "A Traveller's Guide to Swaziland" by Bob Forrester.
CARS and DRIVING
Index to information in the guide
CRIME has increased a lot in the last ten to twenty years, though levels are nothing like South Africa. The death of police on duty is very rare. As a visitor you are most unlikely to have any problems, as long as you follow a few basic precautions. Don't walk down unlit streets or go into parks at night. When you change money or use an ATM, be discreet. Don't flash cash. Marijuana is not legal in Swaziland, though it is not highly illegal either, see Drugs. Manzini has a higher crime rate than Mbabane, in country areas it is low. Car theft is rife throughout the country. Hijackings do occur, but once again nothing like as frequently as in South Africa. Park in secure areas or at least near a uniformed security service guard. Most crime happens at night or in the early evening.
The public doesn't like pickpockets and muggers, they will chase, catch and beat them up, sometimes quite severely, before handing them over to the Police. The courts are clogged up with cases. This applies to citizens and visitors alike. There is a death penalty, but the last person to be hanged was in 1981.