Daveyton brutality 'an embarrassment'

2013-03-14 13:23
Mido Macia (Picture: AP)

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2013-03-11 12:39

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Johannesburg - The police were embarrassed by the dragging of minibus taxi driver Mido Macia behind a police van, Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros said on Thursday.

"As people who wear the police uniform, we are embarrassed by what happened, but we have confidence in the judicial system regarding the matter," Petros said.

Petros, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko were meeting with Daveyton residents following the death of Macia in police custody on 26 February.

Earlier that day he was dragged behind a police van.

Abuse of power

Petros said: "An abuse of power by police at any level should be reported. Abuse of power is not only brutality, but corruption as well."

Complaints and concerns raised by the Daveyton community would be followed up.

"Incidents like these should not stop with condemnation. There should be condemnation and action," Petros said.

Nine policemen accused of killing Macia were denied bail by the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Magistrate Sam Makamu said he felt it was not in the interests of justice to grant them bail. The matter would resume on 12 April.

Delivering his ruling, Makamu said Daveyton residents could try to seek revenge on the accused.

He expressed concern at the prospect of sending the men back to their homes in this "unfavourable" climate.

Police cells 'are hell'

Earlier, a resident told Mthethwa of his abuse at the hands of Daveyton police.

"If you have never been inside those [Daveyton] police station cells, you haven't seen anything," resident Martin Mokoena told him during his visit to the area.

Mthethwa listened and noted residents' complaints regarding the conduct of police in the area.

Mokoena, 50, said police "brutally" assaulted him in 2011 when he went to report his son, who broke his house's windows and doors. The son got angry after he reprimanded him for arriving home late one night.

"Instead they told me to go back. When I refused, they assaulted me and threw me into a cell."

Mokoena said he could not see properly and had difficulty hearing as a result of the assault. He went to see a doctor, and later went to open a case against the police.

"They told me I have to speak to the station commissioner if I have a complaint against the police, but an officer opened a docket and registered the complaint."

Mokoena said he had been following up on progress with the case, but nothing had been happening.

Read more on:    police  |  mido macia  |  mzwandile petros  |  nathi mthethwa  |  johannesburg  |  police brutality

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