The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has made headlines for the wrong reasons. On Friday 18 September, police in Limpopo released a horrendous statement explaining how a soldier allegedly shot a civilian for not wearing a face mask.
SANDF MEMBER ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED SHOOTING INCIDENT
The Police at Mogwadi in the Capricorn District in Limpopo have arrested a member of the SANDF for allegedly shooting a 27-year-old man at a local shopping complex on Thursday afternoon 17 September at about 12:30.
SANDF members were reportedly on duty monitoring COVID-19 compliance in the area when they approached a group of people who were not wearing face masks.
“When asked why they were not wearing masks, an argument allegedly ensued and one of the soldiers shot the victim,” said South African Police Service (SAPS) Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
“The injured victim was taken to the local hospital where he is receiving medical attention,” added Mojapelo.
The soldier, 29, was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He is due to appear in Morebeng Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning 18 September 2020.
SOLDIERS ACCUSED OF BRUTALITY
SANDF, unfortunately, has become known for its heavy-handedness and brutality towards citizens, especially during the nationwide lockdown.
An incident many of us can never forget was the death of Collins Khosa in Alexandra back in April. Khosa and his brother were accused of violating lockdown protocols by having a drink in their family’s backyard. It is alleged that four SANDF members brutally assaulted him.
While Khosa’s family proceeded to take legal action, SANDF military Ombudsman Vusumuzi Masondo made findings against the soldiers, saying that they acted irregularly, improperly and acted in violation of their code of conduct.
The Zimbabwean government also made mention of the alleged brutality. ZANU-PF spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa, just last month, said;
“SANDF has beaten non-compliant citizens using fists and sjamboks. In some circumstances, we’ve seen them fire rubber bullets at their citizens, resulting in serious injuries and deaths. It has been reported that members of SANDF killed eight citizens during the lockdown. Zanu-PF has not uttered a word in public.”
Apart from brutality claims, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has also come under fire for allegedly allowing an ANC delegation to use a military jet to fly to Zimbabwe to meet with their counterparts. President Cyril Ramaphosa has since requested a report from the minister detailing the circumstances of the controversial flight and its passenger list.
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