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'Who gave the orders?': Sandu wants justice after Collins Khosa’s death

The military ombudsman has recommended that soldiers implicated in Collins Khosa’s killing face disciplinary action.

Alexandra resident Collins Khosa died after he was involved in a scuffle with members of the army and JMPD when they accused him of violating COVID-19 lockdown regulations in April 2020. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force Union (Sandu) wants senior SANDF staff to be held accountable for the death of Alexandra resident Collins Khosa.

The military ombudsman has recommended that soldiers implicated in Khosa’s killing face disciplinary action.

Khosa was assaulted and killed, allegedly by members of the defence force, during a lockdown operation outside his home in April.

Law enforcement officers had accused him and his brother-in-law of contravening lockdown regulations for drinking alcohol outside their yard.

The military ombudsman has recommended that the soldiers allegedly involved in Khosa’s killing face an army hearing, but soldiers union Sandu is not impressed.

Sandu’s Pikkie Greeff said: “We want to know as a union, who gave those orders… we know there were orders given to soldiers on the ground.”

The ombudsman has found that officers acted irregularly and in contravention of their code of conduct.

At the same time, Khosa’s family is suing the state for R10 million.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the implicated members would also be facing criminal charges.

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