EDITORIAL | The cops’ apartheid-thug mindset thrives in lockdown
Abetted by the army and the state’s oppressive, paternalistic rules, this savagery needs a Covid ‘reset’
It was just before sunset on Friday April 10 when two SA National Defence Force soldiers entered the Alexandra home of Collins Khosa, ostensibly because the 40-year-old was consuming alcohol in his yard in purported defiance of lockdown regulations.
Within a few hours the father of three was dead, allegedly at the hands of troops deployed in the Johannesburg township to enforce the lockdown. Soon afterwards, defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had the gall to warn the public they should not “provoke” the SANDF.
In the first month of the hard lockdown at least five people died as a result of alleged police and military brutality, and until this week their deaths had been condemned only in the court of public opinion...