DA: Investigate taxi driver's death

2013-03-03 13:36
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Johannesburg - A judicial commission of inquiry into police brutality should be established after a taxi driver died in police custody, the DA said on Sunday.

"We need a professional police service to catch violent criminals, not a trigger-happy police force that kills innocent civilians," DA police spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard in a statement.

On Tuesday, Mido Macia, 27, a taxi driver from Mozambique, was allegedly tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton, on the East Rand. An eyewitness filmed the assault.

Macia died in the local police station's cells later that day.

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

Eight policemen have been arrested and will appear in court on Monday on a murder charge.

Kohler-Barnard said Macia's death came too soon after the Marikana shootings in August, in which 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead and 78 were injured when the police opened fire, allegedly while trying to disperse a group of workers gathered on a hill.

"It’s not enough to merely ask questions about specific incidents such as Marikana and Daveyton," she said.

"This country needs to know there is a plan to ensure they are not repeated over and over again."

Kohler-Barnard said the establishment of a commission of inquiry into police brutality was, therefore, a matter of urgency.

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