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Officers Sacked After Man Dragged Behind Van
Eight policemen in South Africa have been sacked over the death of a Mozambican immigrant who was dragged behind a police vehicle.
Taxi driver Mido Macia, 27, died in police custody on February 26 last year after being arrested for parking his car on the wrong side of the road.
A video taken by bystanders showed Macia being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged hundreds of metres in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.
He was found dead in his cell just over two hours later.
Footage of the incident spread globally online, and the conduct of South Africa's police service (Saps) was called into question.
National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega confirmed that eight police officers who were involved in Macia's death had been dismissed.
She said: "The death of Mido Macia at the hands of these police officers has negatively affected the reputation of the Saps.
"The sanction of dismissal is therefore welcomed and we believe it will send the correct message to other officers."
She added that nine officers had originally been suspended without pay over the death, but one was found not to have been involved.
The eight men are on bail on charges of murder and are due in court on February 16 next year.