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Defence Ministry won't appeal Collins Khosa judgment - Mapisa-Nqakula

Collins Khosa died in April, with his family accusing soldiers of assaulting him at his home in Alexandra while they were enforcing lockdown regulations.

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has clarified that the ministry will not be appealing any aspect of the Collins Khosa judgment and will comply with the court’s order.

Khosa died in April, with his family accusing soldiers of assaulting him at his home in Alexandra while they were enforcing lockdown regulations.

Last month, a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) internal investigation into the 40-year-old’s death cleared the soldiers.

A police investigation is however still ongoing.

Mapisa-Nqakula said that she had filed a final report on the investigation into Khosa's death as per the order of the High Court in Pretoria.

The minister said that her department had further filed its final compliance affidavit on steps taken to give effect to the order set out in the judgment.

Last month, the court instructed that the SANDF place its members implicated in Khosa's death on precautionary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation.

However, the SANDF inquiry into the matter found that Khosa and his brother-in-law had provoked law enforcement officials and ignored instructions and that his death was not caused by its members.

Mapisa-Nqakula said that her department had handed the matter over to the military ombud to conduct further investigations and a final report is expected in the next two months.