After Collins Khosa was allegedly beaten to death by SANDF soldiers, a court ordered that guidelines for the use of force during the lockdown must be published.
On Wednesday SAPS National Commissioner Khehla Sitole released 12-page guidelines.
They state that torture, including inflicting pain on a person to get information or punish them, is a criminal offence. “No exception, such as a state of disaster … will serve as a justification for torture — there can simply be no justification for torture, ever.”
And there’s another point many police need to hear: “Members may not use … equipment not issued by the SAPS such as a sjambok”.