S African police officers charged with murder

Policemen charged for death of Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged from police vehicle and later found dead.
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2013 13:08
There was a protest outside courthouse against granting bail to indicted police officers [AFP]

Nine police officers in South Africa have been charged with the murder of a taxi driver who was dragged from a police vehicle and later found dead.

Mido Macia, a 27-year-old taxi driver from Mozambique, was found dead in police custody on February 27 in Daveyton township in Johannesburg with severe head injuries.

South Africa's police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, said Macia suffered head injuries and internal bleeding.

Several dozen protesters gathered outside a courthouse on Friday in Johannesburg demanding that the indicted policemen should not be granted bail.

A graphic video footage posted online showing the Mozambican being tied to a vehicle by uniformed officers and dragged down a street for apparently parking his vehicle on the wrong side sparked outrage across the country.

The incident was condemned by President Jacob Zuma. "The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable. No human being should be treated in that manner", Zuma said.


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