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South Africa: 'Man Dragged Behind Police Van'
A taxi driver in South Africa died after being handcuffed to a police vehicle and dragged hundreds of yards, it has been alleged.
Independent police investigators are looking into the claims after video footage emerged showing a man being dragged along a road behind a police van.
Police in Johannesburg are due to hold a news conference later this morning.
The man, named locally as 27-year-old Mido Macia from Mozambique, was later found dead in a police cell in Daveyton, Johannesburg, on Tuesday. Inmates claim he was beaten to death.
Officers have claimed they put Mr Macia in a police van in order to take him to a police station on the East Rand, and cannot explain how he later died.
The video, obtained by South Africa's Daily Sun newspaper, shows officers struggling to overpower a man - believed to be the taxi driver - before attaching him to a point at the rear of their vehicle and then driving off leaving him hanging outside.
At one point they attempt to carry his legs while the vehicle is moving forward but have to drop him as the police van speeds up.
The footage then shows the man trying to stay on his feet as he is dragged behind the vehicle for several hundred metres.
The person filming the incident attempts to keep up with the truck dragging the taxi driver, but has to give up as the vehicle is going too fast.
Inmates in the cells he was taken to have claimed he was later beaten by police.
South Africa's Independent Police Investigation Directorate (IPID) said on Wednesday that officers had initially attempted to arrest Mr Macia because he was allegedly obstructing traffic.
IPID spokesman Moses Dlamini said: "We are investigating an incident involving the death of man, allegedly at the hands of the police. We are shocked by the footage which has been released.
"The circumstances surrounding his death are still allegations ... let's find out what really happened," he said.
He said there were reports Mr Macia had tried to disarm a police officer before the attack.
The taxi driver was then allegedly beaten once inside the police holding cells.
He is understood to have been found dead by another police officer later the same day.
Mr Dlamini told the South African website News 24 that an investigation had begun before Mr Macia's death into allegations he carried out an assault resulting in grievous bodily harm.
Police in South Africa are known for heavy handedness when dealing with the public, and the police watchdog is handling numerous cases of police brutality.
In the 12 months before March 2010, according to Amnesty International, there were 920 complaints of serious assault and 294 deaths in custody.
The police department could not confirm if the officers had been suspended.
what do you think?
Crime sky high, murders sky high and a police force which is no better. What a raging success the rainbow nation has become in the last 20 years. Nothing seems to have changed other than the date and the skin colour of those at the top. Grinding poverty still seems endemic amongst the great majority of the people.
As a past resident of 18 years in SA the Black Administration is far worse than any White one. The racialism is awful. I visit SA quite often and meet black people who would much prefer a White government than a Black one. SAA was one of the best airlines in the world now it is one of the worst. The Rand has gone to pieces as soon as Mandela came to power. He was not the best person to run a country.
The roles have been reversed?
Dave, my family are from Cape Town and experienced the ANC bombings etc. My dad could not believe it when they let him out and the circus that ensued afterwards. They will never bring harmony to SA until people stop blaming the whites for everything that is wrong. They have had 20 years and its worse then it has ever been. White farmers being murdered more then 2000 to date and who is tending the land today?
Doc. No not reversed. What we have now are blacks oppressing blacks as opposed to whites oppressing blacks. Check out the clip. All the police are black
Neil. It was mainly white people around the world who bestowed sainthood on Mandela probably as a result of the massive guilt trip they were on because of past colonial exploitation. He even managed to gatecrash Only Fools & Horses!
To true Dave
He was a terrorist plain and simple.
I agree Lorgar and just like the Irish terrorists worked their way into the top jobs via sweet lies and guilt trips of those in power, while the general population got sold down the river! That's politics for you, filled with professional liars, thieves and death dealers. What a sad world we live in!
Oh what would us olive to dark people do without white people lol.
It wouldn't be the first time a Black South African died in a police cell after 'falling down the stairs' although I thought that all finished 20+ years ago? The video is clear so there can be no mistake about what happened here surley?
Tim. All finished 20+ years ago? And why should that be? You are niave if you think that replacing white rulers with black rulers was ever going to change anything other than the people at the top. The high hopes when aparthied fell have turned to ashes.
Look at the main picture you utter ignaraimous, the two police officers are black!
And it wouldn't be the first white farmer to be shot either would it!!! Why is the ANC not engaging with it's people, because it's the same old same old taking for themselves and leaving the rest behind.
I am afraid that this is a brutalised nation. As Dave says below, nothing has changed other than the colour of those at the top. This is nothing short of murder.
go to a country steal all its resources then expect them to stand on their feet straight away is comical Africa will take time still if you look at it companies like the de beers are still robbing them blind only recently mrs thatchers son got a group of mercenaries to topple a country which just struck oil they themselves have a lot to blame for but boy do foreign invaders have alot of the blame
The word is 'tried not got!!!
neil you related to wragg by any chance and i can use got (gathered)
Well done you!!! not related.
Also leave railways and infrastructure that they have already wrecked. Can't keep blaming us for Africa's troubles. The problems they have now are created by the people who live there.
Lorgar. No, no You have got it all wrong. It is all the white colonialists fault. Nothing to do with the dozens of black tinpot dictators ruling many of the countries
Nobody stole their resources. The population profited from the mining of the raw materials. They had excellent roads, telecommunication services and power supply. Its 20 years since the White government went. Everything has fallen in to chaos-factories in many parts are suffering power cuts. The companies can't collect the money for power used it runs into billions. Black rule does not work. Look at the countries that have never had a white government. Not one is prosperous except Botswana
I hold Zimbabwe up as a shining example...
ali baba you talk about countries stealing there resources you should look at the chinese in ghana there stripping all there gold wealth and not giving nothing back to there country there destroying there crops and destroying there land at least when the whites ruled south africa they put the money back into the country
is their no correlation between Europes demise the last couple of years and imperilism? gary i said foreign powers. this includes arabs, chinese, whites etc
THE TRANSITION WAS NEVER GOING TO BE EASY!
ok, riddle me this fatman, would south africa have been a better place without the " foreign invaders " ? . lets list all the other successful black states / countries that has not butcherd, abused and stole from the people . _________ yep, that,s what i thought .
Flabby jimmy 79. Your question is pointless. As you would have to wind the clock back centuries.
please explain what the following means pg hc ir..@n
So gobbynap sing. U winding every one up
Christos when will you learn? Go away now!
Louisa its not christos as he never mentioned jesus also christos actually has a quirky humor about his posts
WTF are you on??
Economic apartheid has replaced racist apartheid. Mandela merely created a black business elite to share the riches with the white elite. A lot of ANC members sit on the boards of the very mining companies who colluded with the police to shoot down 34 striking miners last August. But, it has blown up in their faces. It sparked a national miners strike and they have won what they campaigned for - a 22% pay rise. And - more importantly, the workers are now about to launch WASP - the Workers and Socialist Party - their own independent political party that will represent their interests, the millions not the millionaires.
chris, as a member of the oppressed masses, any chance we could set up some kind of orange posters socialist party?
The S/African workers struggle is our struggle we are seeing first hand how our Great/Grand fathers fought for every thing we have today slow being dismantled by this TORY/LIB/DEM/LABOUR PARTIES Governments.
It will never work wasp, they will just bring in outside workers in the end if they keep making demands. Good bosses will always look after good workers, and if your boss is a bad boss you can leave. Start up your own business and see how difficult it is with workers rights. That's why in this country the wheels are turning slowly because of employment rights. The only job that is safe is the civil service, full time, part-time, job-share get in to this and it's gravy!!
Chris. Unfortunately a distrubingly accurate description. And yet so many around the world see Mandela as some sort of saint rather than the betrayer he really is.
This spells out murder loud and clear.
If Nelson Mandela backed his wife Winnie Mandela instead of vilifying her pleasing the South African establishment ,there maybe real change.Instead he privatised the mineral wealth of S/Africa now owned by overseas companies who are backed by corrupt police force killing strikers. No nothing has changed for the Black S/African just the colour of the masters skin.
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And still people want to hang Pistorius...
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Couldn't have put it better Chris.
But orange seems to disagree
There is a difference Lorgar
Whatever happened with Innocent Until Proved Guilty.
Not to condone in anyway what went on here, it does look to me like a case of utter incompetence rather than intentional ill treatment. The man was being handcuffed to the inside of the open van and the police on the ground were attempting to lift his legs into the van but the driver started to drive off before they had succeeded, thus dragging the man along. There is nothing to suggest it was a deliberate act of brutality. What occurred at the police station, though, is a different matter.
No, I just think for myself.
Barbara - Obviously then none of them thought to use their radio's to alert the driver. The following police car didn't overtake and stop the van or even try to in the footage shown! Accidental ahhh I don't think so!
gypsy56, I think you are crediting those men with too much commonsense and intelligence.
Are you a Lawyer Barbara?
I thought the USA was at the top of the list of places I don't want to go to. It looks now like South Africa has pipped the USA to that particular post.
I don't know, if I thought too much about some of the things that go on in UK cities I wouldn't go to those either so best to try not to think about it too much and keep things in perspective. After 3 trips to USA and 2 to SA, I know what can go on but am still pleased to have been and will go again. Is anywhere completely safe or free from corruption?! Worrying really.
orange get your facts right he died in a police cell dont write misleading headlines
This is totally disgusting however, I can't fail to see it well timed for a certaain famous blade runner trying to shift blame on corrupt police.
You may be correct Angela but the police in SA look favourably on the white people.... trust me, the blade runner will be safe anyway. Utterly disgusting
James R McCulloch
Hello Mandela.... Can't you get your nations police force to look after your children? It could be one of your relations being given the Steve Biko going over. Cry the beloved Country, should be Die the beloved Country.
These poor people are worse off now they are running themselves.The place is full of corruption.
What you see here is the tip of the iceberg, fraud and corruption is at its peak and the nation doesn't know half of it. The police and courts are inept to deal with the volumes of cases, the funny part is that this is now a Democracy,20 to 30 years ago there would have been a call for UN sanctions sport bans, aid for victims etc what has happened to all those voices? There is Genocide in the air and it seems as if the rest of the world is oblivious to South Africa and its problems