Police murder and violence in the United States has provoked anger and protest around the world. This after George Floyd died on the 25th of May after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes while he was handcuffed on the ground, crying that he couldn’t breathe and pleading for help.
According to the report by CNN: Independent autopsy finds that George Floyd’s death was homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.
In mid-March, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a “national state of disaster” as he announced a series of drastic measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Since then, there have been several complaints alleging excessive use of force and abuse of power by police and soldiers during the enforcement of the lockdown. At least nine deaths allegedly at the hands of police are currently under investigation.
Its important that while we grieve the death of George Floyd we remember the lives lost here at home. But, why not have the same energy for police brutality in South Africa?
Collins Khosa was allegedly killed by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members in Alexandra township last month during a lockdown operation.
Khosa was reportedly choked, slammed against the cement wall, hit with the butt of a machine gun, kicked, slapped, and punched in the face, stomach and ribs.
According to witnesses and Khosa’s family, the deceased died after soldiers assaulted him for drinking alcohol inside a yard with his friend, Thabiso Muvhango.
Justice must be served for the senseless deaths of fellow South Africans during the lockdown period in the hands of people who are supposed serve and protect them.
How many more lives have to be taken before something is done? Two months later no one is arrested in Collins Khosa’s death probe. Instead SANDF inquiry has found that soldiers who are accused of killing Collins cannot be held liable for this death as there is no link between the injuries he sustained due to their actions and him drying.
I strongly condemn the brazen acts of violence, humiliation and degradation committed against fellow South Africans by law enforcement.