Bittersweet victory for Khosa family

soldiers during lockdown

By Everson Luhanga

Despite a court victory against the soldiers accused of killing him, the family of Collins Khosa say they are still hurt by his death last month.

He was allegedly beaten and killed by members of the South African Defence Force in Alexandra in April.

His widow Nomsa Montsha says it is hard to live in the house where her husband died. “Every time I come in the house, I feel like I would hear him making jokes that made us laugh,” she says.

“At the same time, the sight of him lying dead on the kitchen floor haunts me. I can’t get over that.”

She says the court’s judgement on Friday – to have the soldiers who were present on his death night suspended – is one step ahead to achieving justice. 

“I know it will be a long process. But I want to see them all locked up in jail for killing an innocent man.”

Photo: Nomsa Montsha, whose husband Collins, Khosa was allegedly killed by soldiers during lockdown.