On 18 July 2019, members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) were deployed in the Cape Flats (Cape Town) in an attempt at curbing violent crime and gangsterism. The internal deployment of the SANDF has been a contentious affair. This video footage, taken within the last week, depicts an unprovoked use of force by an SANDF soldier. Look out for the use of an R4 rifle butt against the head of the civilian driver of a red motor vehicle. Instances such as this do not bode well for human rights or for civil-military relations on the Cape Flats or in South Africa more broadly.
* Craig Bailie does not own the footage
* Thumbnail image (free) by Andrew Martin from “Pixabay”