- Four South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members are now facing criminal charges in connection to the death of Collins Khosa
- The military ombud had recommended that the four face charges and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula received the report
- The Pretoria High Court had earlier ordered that the four be suspended while the army conducts an investigation
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has revealed that four South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members, who are suspended, are now facing criminal charges in the Collins Khosa murder case.
She said that the four refused to take part in the military ombud’s investigation which the SANDF undertook after advice from its lawyers.
Mapisa-Nqakula said that she received the ombud’s report and its recommendations as well as its findings.
“Unfortunately the four members of the South African National Defence Force – who have these allegations hanging over them – reserved their right to remain silent having been advised by a lawyer who was representing them.
“Now people will say, it is understandable that they would do that, because there was a criminal investigation currently going on. So maybe due to fear of incriminating themselves, perhaps it was correct not to provide answers to the Military Ombud."
The Pretoria High Court had ordered that the soldiers be suspended while the army produces a report into the incident, which resulted in Khosa's death.
“It seems like we can’t put our voice out there. We are asking ourselves what have we done. We also lost our loved one. People are talking about it out there but South Africa where are you? We also lost someone that we wanted to be with. Is it because we are from a poor family who comes from Alexandra township?” Khosa’s partner Nomsa Montsha told the SABC.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.
In other news, a number of Mzansi celebs have spoken out against the senseless killing of Collins Khosa, allegedly by Mzansi soldiers.
Collins Khosa was allegedly drinking in his yard when he was approached by patrolling SANDF soldiers.
They followed him into his home and admitted to severely assaulting him.
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