Collins Khosa: New information detailing assault of witnesses emerges

Collins Khosa: New information detailing assault of witnesses emerges

- New information has come to light in the Collins Khosa case

- Two new witnesses interviewed by IPID detailed how they were assaulted by SANDF members for recording the incident

- The two witnesses recorded Khosa's assault on their phone and were also subjected to an assault by SANDF members

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New details have emerged in Collins Khosa case after witnesses came forward. New information came to light in a report compiled by the Independent Police Investigation Directorate (IPID).

IPID recommended disciplinary action be taken against five metro police officers, who stood by as Khosa and his family were assaulted by members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

The report also recommended that the SAPS officers undergo a disciplinary process for contravention of the police's disciplinary regulations.

Khosa was assaulted by members of SANDF on Good Friday and later died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Collins Khosa: New information detailing assault of witnesses emerges

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According to court papers, the defence force members kicked and punched Khosa, holding his hands behind his back while they choked and beat him, slammed him against the wall and used the butt of a machine gun to hit him.

An investigation by the SANDF's board of inquiry cleared the soldiers of any wrongdoing in the death of Khosa, saying there were no links between the injuries he sustained and his death.

The inquiry said it found that:

"The cause of the incident was gender inequality and provocation, specifically lack [of] respect towards female soldiers by two men"

The family of Khosa are devastated and want justice for his death. The EFF reported that it is instituting a court challenge to ensure that the government pays for the killing of Khosa.

The shoddy investigation into the death of the Alexandra man has been called into question by many South Africans.

A task team of senior investigators from IPID conducted interviews with witnesses to the crime, including four new witnesses, five JMPD officials and three SAPS officials. As a result, new information about the incident has been revealed.

In an interview with the IPID team, two neighbours of the Khosa family said they had seen the SANDF members assaulting Khosa and his brother-in law, Thabiso Muvhango.

The neighbours took videos of the incident on their phones. Upon seeing this, it is alleged that members of the SANDF took the neighbour who was recording the incident on her phone into a JMPD bus where they assaulted her and forced her to delete the video.

Another witness who was also seen taking a video was also assaulted. Both witness were forced into the bus and driven to Alexandra Mall.

At the mall, they were forced into an army truck, where SANDF members continued to assault them. The pair were then driven to a nearby off-ramp where they were dropped off and their phones thrown into the bush.

A JMPD officer corroborated the story, saying he drove the two witnesses to the mall without knowing why.

All witnesses who gave statements to IPID confirmed that JMPD officials stood by as Khosa and his family were assaulted.

JMPD spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, said they were aware of a statement by IPID regarding the JMPD officers who at the scene of Khosa's assault and are currently conducting an internal investigation into the matter.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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