South Africa police in court over death of man dragged behind police van
Eight South African police officers will appear in court on Monday charged with the murder of a Mozambican man they dragged to custody behind a police van.
The eight officers are expected to apply for bail in a preliminary hearing, when they will be formally charged with the murder of 27-year old Mido Macia.
The Mozambican taxi driver was filmed being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged hundreds of metres to the Daveyton police station, east of Johannesburg, on Tuesday.
Just over two hours later he was found dead in custody.
A post mortem found he died from head injuries and internal bleeding.
Footage of the incident spread quickly online and sent shockwaves throughout the country, shining a spotlight yet again on the conduct of South Africa’s much maligned police force.
The images show a large crowd of horrified bystanders looking on, some warning police they were being filmed. “Hey! Hey! Why are you hitting him?” one person in the crowd can be heard shouting in Zulu.
Macia, lying on his back, can be seen kicking and struggling to avoid the tarmac as the police van picked up speed.
President Jacob Zuma and the chief of police have condemned the incident.