Murder-accused cops lack training - group

2013-03-05 22:28
Still from police brutality video (Picture: AFP/Daily Sun)

Still from police brutality video (Picture: AFP/Daily Sun)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Police officers implicated in the death of a Daveyton Taxi driver are not properly trained, the Law Society of SA (LSSA) said on Tuesday.

"I don't believe if these officers had been properly trained they would have acted in that manner," LSSA's criminal law committee chairperson William Booth said.

"There is something lacking in the way they deal with the public or arrests," said Booth.

Booth said LSSA was offering law training to police that would help in handling criminal cases

The training includes workshops, seminars and lectures.

"Everybody needs continuing legal education. For example lawyers as well, they also attend our courses."

He said the courses include the Criminal Procedure Act, law of evidence, the Sexual Offences Act and various other laws.

They also relate to how and when should police make arrests, and what information to give in court after collecting evidence in the investigations.

He said Mido Macia, 27, a Mozambican national, should not have been arrested or assaulted for parking on the wrong side of the road.

"He did not commit an arrestable offence, if he had parked on the wrong side of the road that was supposed to be a traffic fine [if that was the case]," he said.

However, Booth admitted there were other police officers who were doing a good job in the fight against crime in the country.

The LSSA was in discussions with police legal services regarding the training that could be offered. The last meeting was last year in November.

It said a formal enquiry needed to be held involving participation of all role players including the public, to try and assist the police in combating crime.

On Tuesday, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa said Macia's death was "shocking".

"Like the rest of the country and the world, the church has been deeply shocked and outraged by the brutal death of Mido Macia, allegedly at the hands of the police," the church said in a statement.

He was tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton, on the East Rand, last week.

An eyewitness filmed the assault. He died in the local police station's cells later that day.

A post mortem report revealed he died of head and internal injuries.

The church supported the call for a judicial inquiry into alleged police brutality.

Minister of State Security Siyabonga Cwele said the government viewed the matter in a serious light and would like to see stern action taken against those responsible.

He urged members of the public to help the Independent Police Investigative Directorate with information.

"In particular, we appeal to those who have video footage that will assist in the prosecution... of this case," Cwele said.

Eight police officers - two warrant officers and six constables - have been implicated in Macia's death, and they now face a murder charge.

Read more on:    police  |  lssa  |  police brutality

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
115 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.