Last February 27, a video was recorded showing that a Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, 27, was tied to the back of a police van and was dragged along the pavement by uniformed South African police officers.
Ever since a South African newspaper, The Daily Sun, posted the footage last Thursday, the video has become popular as it renewed concerns about brutality, corruption and other misconduct by national police forced. This is bad news and bad image of the group as years before some of the said police were charged with committing crimes such as rape and murder.
Nydailynews.com said, “The police watchdog agency said the incident started just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday when the cab driver was allegedly obstructing traffic with his vehicle. Then, Macia allegedly assaulted a constable and took his weapon before he was overpowered, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said in a statement.”
The said taxi driver was later found dead in a police cell in the Daveyton township.
National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said that he “strongly condemned” what happened. He also added that people are “urged to remain vigilant and continue to report all acts of crime irrespective of who is involved.”
Phiyega previously told the police officials that their reputation “has been severely but not irreparably tarnished over the past several year.”