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As the sun was about to set on Good Friday, two soldiers walked into the house in Alexandra where Collins Khosa was staying. They asked him why there was a cup of alcohol in his yard, and Khosa replied that even if he had been drinking it, it was his yard, so he was entitled to do so. The soldiers, evidently furious and used to being treated with fealty and fear, ordered Khosa outside to "prove a point".

Soon, more soldiers arrived along with Joburg metro police officers. Then the torture began: three of them poured beer on Khosa’s head, choked him, slammed him against a cement wall, punched him and hit him with a machinegun. When neighbours tried to film it on their cellphones, the thugs took their phones...

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