The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) revealed that eleven soldiers have been convicted of the assault of a 17-year-old boy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a “ground-breaking trial” in the military court.
SANDF has made this known in a statement on Monday.
It said: “Of the original 16 accused, 11 were convicted. Five of the accused were acquitted.
“Even though no accused were convicted of contravening the provisions of the Prevention of Combating and Torture of Persons Act, they were found guilty of common law assault, this case cleared the way for the future application of the Act.”