The South African Broadcasting Co. has the following report on crime in the South African National Defence Force:
The Defence Ministry has confirmed 265 of its employees, including soldiers, have been found guilty of various crimes, including murder and assault, in the current financial year.
This as a video emerges, showing two soldiers attacking a Mozambican man near the Lebombo border between South Africa and Mozambique.
Soldiers manned the border and accused the man of theft, bringing out a whip and suffocating him. The man endured repeated blows.
The department says it first saw these visuals at the end of July and says action has already been taken. Spokesperson Brigadier Xolani Mabanga says, “We are concerned by these figures. When we got the video, we positively identified them as our members. They were suspended. The criminal case and internal case is underway.”
The soldiers and other employees face crimes ranging from minor to serious.
The statistics will be revealed to Parliament next month.
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