Friday, 1 March 2013

VIDEO: South African police officers arrested over taxi driver

Handcuffed to a police van and dragged away to his death: Horrific fate of driver arrested over a parking dispute. Sickening video emerged today of South African police officers tying a man to their van and dragging him through the streets. Mido Macia, 27, was found dead in police custody just two hours after being arrested for the parking dispute in the Daveyton township.

The incident brings fresh embarrassment to the country's criminal justice system which is under intense international scrutiny due to the high profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

Mobile phone footage posted online today shows Mr Macia, dressed in a red T-shirt, black trousers and white trainers, being manhandled by police as a large crowd gathered.

The shaky video shows Mr Macia being dragged towards the police van, before the crowd gets in the way of the camera.

One onlooker told The Daily Sun that police officers drove Mr Macia's Toyota Avanza away before returning to the scene with a police van.

Officers slammed one of the van doors in the taxi driver's face, leaving him covered in blood.

Mr Macia was heard begging officers to stop the assault.

When the crowd parts, Mr Macia has had his hands handcuffed above his head and to the inside of the van.

The officer driving the van is seen to reverse while Mr Macia tries to stop himself being caught underneath.

Members of the crowd are seen filming on their smartphones as officers pick up his legs and carry him as the van pulls away.

They then drop him on the floor and he is dragged along the road. The van stops again and two police officers pick up a leg each and run behind the van as it picks up speed.
Again, they dropped his limbs as the van drove out of the camera's sight.

The victim - a Mozambican immigrant - was found dead in a police cell just over two hours later.

The taxi driver's distraught family said all he had done was argue with the police over an alleged parking violation.

The incident comes after South African police officers shot and killed 34 striking workers at the Marikana mine in August last year.

Mr Macia was arrested at a marketplace in the Daveyton township outside Johannesburg at 6.50pm on Tuesday

1 comment:

Tim said...

Sincerely, human being are fast becoming animal.if not how on earth, ll a sane humanbeing tie his fellows humanbeing τ̲̅ȍ a vehicle n drag him τ̲̅ȍ his death? Life don't even have meaning τ̲̅ȍ some people sha... I care not τ̲̅ȍ know what on earth d man did τ̲̅ȍ them, this is cruelty of the highest other, not τ̲̅ȍ think of seeing people that are charge with d "all important" task of safeguiding the life citizens now been d one taken it,.... Awful......