EDITORIAL | The verdict is … a nagging question: how did Collins Khosa really die?
Probe clears soldiers of wrongdoing after they ‘only pushed and clapped’ the father of three, who died hours later
Who killed Collins Khosa?
If you choose to believe the inquiry into his death, it absolutely was not the army or the metro cops, who only “pushed and clapped” him because he provoked a female officer. Yet the father of three died hours after an altercation with “about 10 soldiers” in the Johannesburg township of Alexandra on April 10.
There are two main versions of events offering insight into Khosa’s death. His family believes he was murdered by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members – who do not deny assaulting him while patrolling Alexandra’s streets, two weeks into the nationwide lockdown. Khosa’s death was the catalyst for a landmark high court case brought by his family. The ruling, handed down earlier this month, confirmed the right to life, the right not to be tortured in any way and the right not to be treated or punished in an inhumane and cruel way...