The family of an Alexandra man who was beaten to death allegedly by members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the township, north of Johannesburg, has been offered legal help.
Advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi will represent the family.
Advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi offers his legal services to family of Alexandra man who was beaten to death allegedly by members of the SANDF in the township, north of Johannesburg. 40 year-old Collin Khosa died on Friday following the assault which happened in the afternoon.
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The family is grateful for the legal assistance:
The 40-year-old Collin Khosa died on Friday evening following the assault which happened in the afternoon. The family says Khoza and a few other family members were sitting in their yard when soldiers accosted them. They have since opened a murder case.
A few family members, who were also allegedly assaulted, say they were sitting in their yard when soldiers accosted confronted them and accused them of violating the regulations of the national lockdown.
The deceased’s partner Nomsa Montsha is demanding answers from the state.
“We need so many answers, and no one tells us. When they came to us, the reason was that they were looking for the beers and they couldn’t find those beers. So, we don’t know the reason for beating them because they could not find what they were looking for. I’m afraid of the soldiers. I thought they were people that must protect us. So, now I don’t know. When I see them on the street must I run or must I feel protected?”
SANDF to co-operate
The SANDF says it will co-operate with a police investigation into the incident. The SANDF’s Pikkie Greef says they will co-operate with a police investigation into the incident.
“Obviously , SANDF condemns all acts of criminal nature perpetrated by members in uniform. We cannot afford that the image of the SANDF be tarnished in this way.”
Below are some of the lockdown regulations: