Brutality case: Appeal made to witnesses

2013-03-05 18:10
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Cape Town - There was an appeal in the National Assembly on Tuesday for witnesses of the Daveyton police dragging a taxi driver with a vehicle to come forward.

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 (IPID) 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 the death of taxi driver Mido Macia, a Mozambique national, and now face a murder charge.

The officers allegedly tied 27-year-old Macia to the back of a police van and dragged him along a street in Daveyton last Tuesday.

A police officer found his body in the local police station's cells that evening. A post mortem revealed he had died of head and internal injuries.

His death sparked a national and international outcry.

Cwele told MPs the majority of police officers "acted according to the Constitution".

According to a recent IPID report, 932 people died in police custody in South Africa in 2011/12.

KwaZulu-Natal had 268 deaths, with Gauteng second at 217 deaths. The Eastern Cape had 120, according to the report.

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