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SANDF brutality: Soldier accused of killing civilian in Bushbuckridge

Another case of heavy-handed law enforcement from an SANDF soldier has been reported in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalnga. We’ve got the latest here.

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The Bushbuckridge community remains in shock after 37-year-old Molebatseng Centy Delebo was allegedly gunned down by an SANDF soldier on Saturday night. It has been established that the death sparked riots in the Mpumalanga town, as angered locals threw stones at members of law enforcement teams.

SANDF brutality? Soldier accused of murdering Bushbuckridge civilian

This latest report of army brutality has done little to help SANDF rebuild trust with civilians. The murder of Collins Khosa back in April remains one of the most burning injustices seen during lockdown. The Gauteng resident was dragged from his home and beaten to death by military personnel, following a minor altercation.

Brigadier Vish Naidoo is the national police spokesperson. He revealed that Delebo was accused of carrying his own handgun by the soldiers, but the citizen’s family have denied he ever carried a firearm. Naidoo confirmed that the weapon used to shoot the victim is also set for forensic examination:

“He was shot and killed allegedly by an SANDF member. The community started burning tyres, causing chaos and throwing stones at the police as well as the SANDF members.”

“Firearms, a SANDF rifle and a handgun which the deceased civilian was allegedly carrying, have been taken in as exhibits and will be taken for forensic investigation.”

Vish Naidoo

“Girlfriend was also assaulted”, brother claims

Silven Delebo, the brother of Molebatseng, told SABC about the heartache he and his relatives have been processing since the weekend. He alleges that the SANDF soldier in question ‘dragged his sibling from the car’, and even assaulted his pregnant girlfriend. The police investigation into this harrowing case is now underway.

“I’m shocked. Being at this place, I cannot talk. He was dragged out of his car and beaten, then when he ran away he was shot in the back. We’ve had no word from the police or the military when we need closure, and he has now left a girlfriend and the mother of his child behind. His girlfriend was also beaten by soldiers.”

Silven Delebo