SA 'police drag' suspensions

All the officers involved in the incident in which a South African taxi driver was dragged through a street by a police van and allegedly beaten in custody have been suspended.

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Police station chief suspended after taxi driver death

The commander of the South Africa's Daveyton police station - where the police officers involved in the death of taxi driver Mido Macia was based - has been been removed from his post while an internal investigation of disciplinary procedures at the station is carried out.

The officers involved in the incident have been suspended and disarmed, National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, confirmed earlier today.

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Taxi driver's rights 'violated in the most extreme form'

Eight South African officers involved in the brutal treatment of a man who died after being dragged through a street by a police van and allegedly beaten in custody have been suspended

Speaking at a news conference, National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, spoke of the "extreme shock and outrage" of the incident.

National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega
National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, said the officers' behaviour was abhorrent Credit: Reuters

She said a video of the incident showed that Mido Macia's rights were "violated in the most extreme form".

"Behaviour displayed in the video committed by the police is to be abhored by all right thinking people. I would like to assure the country and the world, it's not how the South African Police Service in a democratic South Africa goes about its work," she added.

Protests after taxi driver dies in police custody

South African police have been called 'brutal' after a taxi driver died after being dragged through a street by a police van and beaten in custody, it is alleged. He later died in police custody.

Footage appears to show Mido Macia, 27, being tied to the back of a police van before it drives away before a huge crowd of shoppers.

This report from ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo, contains distressing images of the man being dragged through the streets.

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SA Human Rights Commission welcomes investigation

The South African Human Rights Commission has welcomed the investigation by the police watchdog in to the death of a Somalian taxi driver:

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The death of a Mozambican taxi driver in custody after being dragged behind police van in Daveyton is very shocking and should be condemned.

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SAHRC would like to emphasize that death or assault of anyone in custody of police cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.

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SAHRC supports and welcomes the investigation by the IPID. We urge the IPID to move with necessary speed to bring perpetrators to book.

President Zuma condemns 'horrific' death of immigrant

South African President Jacob Zuma has condemned the brutal killing of Mr Mido Macia, who was reportedly killed by police in Daveyton.

Members of the South African police service are required to operate within the confines of the law in executing their duties. The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable. No human being should be treated in that manner.

– President Jacob Zuma

Amnesty: Reports of 'SA police brutality are shocking'

Amnesty International called the reports which appear to show South African police dragging a man down the road behind a van, “shocking.”

This appalling incident involving excessive force is the latest in an increasingly disturbing pattern of brutal police conduct in South Africa.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate must be fully supported in conducting its investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

Amnesty International urges the South African government to make a public commitment to ensure that the police stop the use of excessive force and deliberate targeted killings.

– Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s southern Africa director
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