Iron fist: the SANDF and the killing of Collins Khosa
The case of Collins Khosa highlights the trust deficit faced by the SANDF as it takes a far bigger role in what could be one of SA’s deadliest wars ever, the fight against Covid-19
Collins Khosa was eating dinner when two uniformed members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) walked into his yard in Alexandra carrying sjamboks. Seeing an unattended camping chair and an unfinished drink, the soldiers apparently accused him and his friend Thabiso Muvhango of violating the lockdown imposed on March 27 to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
It was the evening of April 10 — Good Friday and day 15 of the lockdown. Within hours, Khosa would be dead, allegedly at the hands of the SANDF soldiers who are supposed to be safeguarding the public...