ISSUED ON : 4th of JUNE 2020
SOCIAL JUSTICE MANDATE : NIMNSA DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR COLLINS KHOSA
RE : SANDF REPORT ON THE DEATH OF COLLINS KHOSA
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told the Portfolio Committee on Defence yesterday that there is no report from the Board of Inquiry clearing the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) of the death of Collins Khosa. In other words, there can be no determination on whether he was murdered. This follows after reports were made which suggest that the supposed findings stated that the soldiers accused of killing Khosa cannot be held liable for this death as “there was no link between the injuries he sustained due to their actions and him dying.”
Collins Khosa was beaten to death by members of the SANDF in Alexandra soon after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a National Lockdown. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled in favour of the family of Khosa in their urgent application in May. Again, in other words, members of the SANDF who were present when Khosa was beaten to death were ordered to be relieved of their duties temporarily pending the investigation. According to Judge Hans Fabricius, the right to dignity, life, the right not to be tortured in any way and the right not to be treated or punished in a cruel , inhuman or degrading way are non-derogable even during states of emergency.
NIMNSA has noted with disdain the behaviour of law enforcement towards citizens of the Republic and other nations worldwide. In the words of Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We are standing in solidarity with other activists on an international level – we appreciate the vast issues combined and our mandate is social justice. As such, we will be gathering and proceeding to picket at the U.S Embassy tomorrow morning at 10AM as a symbolic demonstration of our support for #BlackLivesMatter and advocacy against police and/or other law enforcement brutality.
Failure to provide justice for Khosa’s death, and more than 10 others who died at the hands of law enforcement, will result in a large mass mobilisation of and demonstration by civil rights organisations led by the people’s movement: #NOTINMYNAME.
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Mo Senne (Head of Communications)
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