Shock as 'police dragging' video man dies

South Africa's police watchdog is investigating the death of a Mozambican taxi driver who was allegedly handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged through the streets.

Video footage taken by a bystander of the incident, near Johannesburg, has been shown in the local media.

A spokesman for the Police Investigative Directorate said he was "shocked" by the footage.

Rights groups often accuse South African police of brutality.

Local media reported that police initially assaulted the 27-year-old Mozambican, a taxi driver, accusing him of parking his vehicle incorrectly in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.

The video shows a large crowd gathering, as uniformed policemen tie him to a van, dragging him as they drive away.

'Police vigilantes'

He was later taken into custody, where he died, local media report.

The fact that the crowd watched and did nothing to help, some even cheering, is a sad indictment of the state of our society”​

Kate Lorimer Oposition MP

"We are investigating an incident involving the death of a man, allegedly at the hands of the police. We are shocked by the footage which has been released," Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesman Moses Dlamini was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

"The circumstances surrounding his death are still allegations... Let's find out what really happened."
The opposition Democratic Alliance party (DA) called for the officers involved to be suspended and for a thorough investigation to be carried out.

"The fact that it was police who were the vigilantes in this case shows that we cannot trust the [South African Police Service] to uphold the law," said provincial parliamentarian Kate Lorimer, AFP reports.

"The fact that the crowd watched and did nothing to help, some even cheering, is a sad indictment of the state of our society."

Rights group Amnesty International said there was an "increasingly disturbing pattern" of police brutality in South Africa.

The IPID had received 720 cases for investigation, including suspicious deaths in police custody, from April 2011 to March 2012, said Amnesty's southern Africa director Noel Kututwa, AFP reports.

South Africa's police commissioner Riah Phiyega condemned the incident.

"The matter is viewed by the National Commissioner in a very serious light and it is strongly condemned," she said in a statement.

The police department did not confirm if the officers involved in the incident had been suspended, AFP reports. Mr Dlamini said the IPID did not have the power to suspend the officers.

"We can only investigate and recommend suspension, we have no power to say that they should be removed from their jobs," he was quoted as saying.

There was outrage last August when police shot dead 34 striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa's North West province.

A judge-led inquiry appointed by President Jacob Zuma is investigating the shooting.


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
Mow many MOABs would is take to carpet all of the middle east and Africa? Excepting Israel, of course.


LDAR, bitch.
Appologizzzzzzzzeh !!


Meanwhile, anyone in a civilized country is utterly not shocked that this happened.


I dunno, when I was in the Navy, wherever you where in the world, if you wanted a titty bar, whore, or a joint, ask the cab driver.
Of course they know where everything 'happening' is, its their job to know that shit. It attracts a certain element of so-ciety that it almost never held in high regard.


Wackbag Staff
I didn't know there was a Johannesburg, Texas


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
South Africa suspends eight policemen who dragged man behind vehicle
Reuters – 4 hrs ago

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa suspended eight police officers on Friday after the death of a man they had bound to a vehicle and dragged through a busy street in a videotaped incident that has further blackened the reputation of the police.

Mido Macia, a 27-year-old taxi driver from Mozambique, was found dead in detention with signs of head injuries and internal bleeding, according to an initial post-mortem report released by South Africa's police watchdog.

"We would like to assure the country and the world that what is in the video is not how the South African Police Service in a democratic South Africa goes about its work," Commissioner Riah Phiyega told a news conference.

She said the eight officers involved had been suspended and the station commander would be removed from his duties.

President Jacob Zuma and opposition politicians have condemned the incident, caught on video on Tuesday and broadcast nationwide on Thursday.

"The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable. No human being should be treated in that manner", Zuma said of what he called "the tragic death of a man in the hands of the police".

Police told media they had detained Macia after he parked illegally, creating a traffic jam, and then resisted arrest.

The video shows the man scuffling with police, who subdue him. He is then bound to the back of a pick-up truck by his arms before the vehicle drives off in front of scores of witnesses in the east Johannesburg area of Daveyton.

It was the latest in a series of scandals to hit South Africa's police force in recent months.

The lead detective in the murder case against Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius was removed from the investigation last week when it emerged he was facing seven attempted murder charges for allegedly opening fire on a minibus full of passengers.

Police shot dead 34 striking workers at a platinum mine in August last year - the deadliest security incident since apartheid ended in 1994.

The latest video footage and the taxi driver's death raised fresh concerns about police brutality in a country where more than 1,200 people a year die while in custody.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Alistair Lyon);_ylv=3