An Eerste River family says they were allegedly assaulted and held at gunpoint by soldiers who claimed that they were conducting lockdown operation, What has our trusted SANDF turned into.?
Tersia Pedro has on Friday told the media that a group of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members barged into their home after 8 pm on Thursday night.
She said her husband and one of her daughters were badly wounded, assaulted and harassed.
Pedro said her children were watching movies in the lounge when they suddenly heard the commotion and screams coming from the people outside.
Peeping through the window, they witnessed police officers and soldiers stop a neighbor in front of his house as he was coming from work.
Pedro claims other police officers then appeared from behind, they attacked him until he hit the ground and they started kicking him like a dog.
One of her daughters remained at the window with her phone in hand and a few minutes later soldiers stormed in their home through the front door.
“They immediately pushed my husband to the couch and started kicking and hitting him while others ran into the bedroom where my children were lying and they asked for our phones.”
She said it was later discovered that her husband had suffered a concussion [mild traumatic brain injury].
Pedro added that her children had guns pointed towards them, and her husband had a gun roughly pushed in his mouth.
“This army lady kept on hitting Tammy, using words such as b#tch and f#ck. They asked if anyone in the house was a reporter or working for the media and we said no.”
The traumatized woman says the torture finally ended when city law enforcement officers entered the house.
When questioned by Media, an SANDF spokesperson did not comment on the specifics of the accusations instead he simply stated the family must report complaints to police and the military ombudsman.