The Military Ombudsman found that the four South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers investigated for the death of Collins Khosa will face disciplinary action for going against the code of conduct.
During April this year, soldiers entered the home of Khosa in Alexandra and allegedly accused him of violating lockdown regulations after finding alcohol on the premises. Khosa was allegedly assaulted by the soldiers and died a few hours after.
The Military Ombud, Lieutenant General Vusumuzi Masondo, found the four soldiers to be guilty of acting improperly, irregularly and in contravention of their code of conduct. The finding is based on the soldiers proceeding to enter Khosa’s home and conduct a search without members of the South African Police Service and Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, thus going beyond the scope of the SANDF.
Masondo recommends that disciplinary action be taken against the commander of the platoon who was on the ground and those who were with them.
A criminal case and a civil case against the SANDF is pending.