IPID 'shocked' by cops' dragging man

2013-02-28 13:01

Johannesburg - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate said it is “shocked” by the death of a man who had been tied to the back of a police van and dragged while a bystander filmed.

In cellphone video footage Daveyton police are shown tying the man to the back of a police van and dragging him down the street in front of a crowd of people.

The 27-year-old man, a Mozambican national, was found dead in police cells by a police officer on Tuesday night.

Moses Dlamini of the IPID said on Thursday that he is "shocked" by the police’s conduct and that a murder probe is underway.

Dlamini said a post mortem was received on Wednesday and it indicated that the cause of death was head injuries with internal bleeding.

South African media say the man was a taxi driver who had been approached by police east of Johannesburg.

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-28 13:07

    I watched the video which was HORRIFIC but was not aware this man died - very very sad!!! THEse two officer MUST BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY and dragged to court ASAP plus spend the rest of their miserable lives behind bars

      nasheenar - 2013-02-28 13:13

      Gross violation of human rights as well as abuse of the law.

      John - 2013-02-28 13:55

      They should be tied to the back of a car and dragged through the streets.

      peter.t.viljoen - 2013-02-28 14:23

      Remind me again of the brutality of Apartheid everyone keeps hankering on about? Seems the ANC could teach the world a thing or two about human rights abuses....

      Sponono Sangwana - 2013-02-28 14:24

      It is Cele who set these standards and when combined with illiteracy.... man!

      ayencee.dicks - 2013-02-28 15:02

      All Taxi drivers should be dragged behind police cars or their own taxis, they all scum!

      Gerrit Smit - 2013-02-28 15:13

      Did you watch the one on youtube? the full one is here:

      D_MAN - 2013-02-28 15:18

      What probe needs to be done, seriously??????? Its all on video, you see those pigs faces, you have what caused his death. Just lock these sick police pigs up and throw away the keys.

      veldt66 - 2013-02-28 15:22

      Its just beyond Humanity, 6 straight weeks of bad news coming from South Africa, What else that country needs? This video is one of the most human savagery i have ever seen, Why on earth would you drag another human being from the back of a Van. His alleged crime for blocking the street with his parking? Kill someone for this?

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-02-28 15:36

      just watched it its horrific, so sad.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-02-28 15:43

      What is the "esteemed" minister Lulu's view on this incident?

      Michael - 2013-02-28 15:56

      Well, Andre, as you can see by the video, it is obviously the fault of young Afrikaner men and their calvinist religion. Oh, the victim wasn't a woman?.... Oh well then, that changes things... it is obviously as a result of apartheid then! So it's still the Afrikaner's fault.

  • conrad.koorsten - 2013-02-28 13:09

    This country is going down the gutter so fast its rediculous

  • Keg - 2013-02-28 13:19

    Savages, no wonder there is not trust in the police. Makes all the hard work the good cops do insignificant. How are we as the public supposed to trust the SAP.

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-02-28 14:50

      The SAPS of today are completely lawless. Either they are criminals themselves, or they think that they are above the law.

      Keg - 2013-02-28 15:26

      I have dealt with some extremely efficient and passionate SAP members but the problem is you never know what yougoing to get. You understandably make a generalisation like that because of these bad apples. The good cops are the exception not the rule nowadays. Sad times. its no longer a noble job its just a job to allot of the SAPS members

      jimmy.walls.90 - 2013-02-28 17:55

      Well done RSA. This goes around the world. They will draw their own conclusions. I can give them a shortcut - RSA is just another failed african trying-to-be state.

  • Victor Tshikovhele - 2013-02-28 13:19

    I know that those officers what they did is an offence,But these taxi drivers they own roads police officials are really tired of these morons.

      Chris John - 2013-02-28 13:51

      I'm sure everyone agrees that the taxi drivers need sorting out, but NOT LIKE THIS!!

      John - 2013-02-28 13:58

      That may be true Victor.. but just like we shouldn't set people on fire for being foreign, so shouldn't we kill taxi drivers for being annoying. Both of which happens in this country.

      Hemlock - 2013-02-28 14:06

      You are a matter how gatvol the cops are with taxi drivers offences it does not give them the right to do what they did. We, the SA citizens are gatvol of what the cops do but we don't go dragging them behind vehicles!!!

      peter.t.viljoen - 2013-02-28 14:24

      Jeez Victor - how banana republic of you....

      fifi.stewart.71 - 2013-02-28 16:30

      Victor, it is beacuse of attitudes like yours that life in SA has no value. If it was one of your family members your comment would have been different. No matter what this man had done, our cops had no right to take the law into their own hands. Our police are brutal and aggressive...not a good example for our youth who learn by example. Two wrongs don't make a right.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-02-28 17:49

      Vic, this is not the way to do things. I am very sorry and I have never uttered this word - but this is SAVAGE behaviour! How can one human do this to another????

  • Sonto Mahlangu - 2013-02-28 13:21

    Stupid cops. Is waar!!!

  • mfumbayelangabi.silwane - 2013-02-28 13:28

    sad for our trusted security agents to do such a thing

      Hemlock - 2013-02-28 14:07

      Trusted? Nobody trusts them anymore!

  • StormyWeather - 2013-02-28 13:35

    And the 'Post Mortem' showed no scrapes from being dragged behind a vehicle? Really? The final report will state that 'the perpetrator, knowing that he would be deported - rolled off the top bunk in his prison (in an attempt to commit suicide) thereby causing internal bleeding and wounds to the head area and expired on the scene'.

      Chris John - 2013-02-28 13:52

      Well, we have only been told the key findings. Doubtless there are other things yet to be revealed.

  • Deon Pillay - 2013-02-28 13:36

    This is really disturbing, it was bad enough seeing that guy dragged by almost 400 metres but to learn that he was murdered in the cells, that is animal behaviour.

      Michael - 2013-02-28 15:58

      He wasn't murdered in his cell, he died from internal bleeding and head injury, probably sustained when he was dragged.

  • kathy.mackay.967 - 2013-02-28 13:43

    The violence continues, we are becoming a police state. Whats Mr Mtetwe saying about this ?

  • Hemlock - 2013-02-28 14:03

    IN a word "HORRENDOUS"...... Savage and barbaric. It seems that they think they above the law. SA on an ever increased decline!

  • Irvin Mkhari - 2013-02-28 14:04

    that is why education is important,it make us smart allowing us to make wise decisions.this is the reason I'm in love with mathematics

  • Lavisto Sondhlana Mavisto - 2013-02-28 14:04

    This needs revenge, a brother can't be killed like this by people who r suppose to protect her

      michael.laski - 2013-02-28 14:19

      So a brother is now a her?

      Andrew Lexar - 2013-02-28 23:11

      careful there "brother". lest you stir up another bloodbath.

  • kallie.joubert.7 - 2013-02-28 14:10

    Inhumane and disgusting! Why should we pay our tax money if the money is spent on lavish lifestyle for ministers and our protectors are the main culprits of stealing and killing the public in manners that goes against everything our constitution stands for? Suspension of these officers will be an insult to the public...they need to face their crimes just as the normal citizens of this country do if they break the law. That goes for ministers found guilty of corruption...suspension wont suffice they should go to jail just like others who commit the same crimes.

  • r.mashigo - 2013-02-28 14:18

    You know, Shrien Dewani's lawyers are busying saying "thank you SA for showing just how violent everyone is there. Makes it easier for us to win our client's extradition case. Thank you!" This video shocked me! Sies SAPS!

  • Gonda Lyons - 2013-02-28 14:19

    And these are the people that are suppose to protect us. Absolutely shocking!!! What must the rest of the world think of our police especially after all the bad news surrounding us lately.

  • Almarie Ehlers - 2013-02-28 14:20

    Sad if you have animals like this appointed to "serve and protect"

  • Holdanigono - 2013-02-28 14:26

    I know there is a lot of brutality, but in the Cops defense, they have to deal with the worst crime rates in the world. The things they see are often horrific, and then to top it off, probably due to their own fault, the general public don't trust them. The police often suffer from deep trauma which is not always dealt with. If we want our country to change we need to support them in their work fighting crime. This is horrific what happened, but the root cause needs to be dealt with in the future, when symptoms like these pop up it is already too late.

      Adonest Mlula Ngobeni - 2013-02-28 14:58

      Can u provide clarity bcos there is nothing to justify their barbaric behaviour in this case. Where on earth are they allowed to give punishment to offenders, bcos only a court of law should decide on a type of punishment.

  • Michelle Smith - 2013-02-28 14:34

    This is disgusting... and to think these are the disgraceful people that are meant to be protecting us. Makes me embarrassed to be a South African when I hear how inhuman our so called police act!

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2013-02-28 14:38

    The taxi drivers need this type of punishment. Well done to the police.

      Kofi Asiedu-darkwah - 2013-02-28 16:26

      Taxi drivers are a pain we all know and acknowledge that but are you saying that the deserve to be striped of their human rights ?..

  • Michelle Smith - 2013-02-28 14:40

    This is disgusting!!! and to think these are the people who are supposed to be protecting us! Makes me embarrassed to be a South African, our so called cops act like animals! Its sickening!

  • Andile Dana - 2013-02-28 15:03

    yhoo we are going down....

  • Gerrit Smit - 2013-02-28 15:08

    to be honest if you look into the vid carefully the guy tried to grab one of the officers gun. they tried to put him in the van but failed. You will see that while the guy is tied to the vehicle(due to the criminal refusing and fighting to stay out of the vehicle) the one officer has his gun out due to the crowd getting restless and for their protection purposes. the one officer tries to put him in the van, you can see this when he lifts the criminals legs but due to the crowd getting dangerous The driver was forced to drive just to get away from the crowd and you can see this when he stops and the officers lift him up to try put him in the van again. but then the crowd charges the police forcing the police driver to drive further on for their own safety. I do not blame them. At the end of the day the guy got dragged because he refused to co operate and due to the crowd charging the police they had no choice but to drive on and let the criminal deal with his choice. I do however believe that they could of taken him to the hospital but at the end of the day i strongly believe that no mercy should be shown to criminals. especially if one is trying to grab you gun. Prison and authority is not a hotel for criminals. It should be something feared. Something you want to avoid and make sure you don't break the law. The police are to be feared when they stay within the law. but will loose that feared title and respect when stepping out of the law and one can happily defend ones self.

      Gerrit Smit - 2013-02-28 15:11

      They were just talking to him at first. things only started to get ugly when the guy tried to escape arrest by trying to grab the officers gun and things got worst when he refused to get into the van. They did their job as best as they could at that moment in time

  • Ray Exton - 2013-02-28 15:13

    Well done SAP - this video has gone Viral, and is Headline News all over the world. Another great marketing initiative and example of calm and organised police control ...

  • Jean2301 - 2013-02-28 15:29

    Two sides to each story ! Probably find this taxi driver is wanted for murder or something similar ! I say GOOD ! I think the police are sick and tired of being paid peanuts while the justice system just frees all criminals for nothing, while President Rape and his cronies stuff their pockets. Street justice ! Apparently he is from Mozam, if he is illegal then he should have never been a taxi driver and what is he doing in a foreign country assaulting police and disarming them. He probably deserved this.

  • CliveK - 2013-02-28 15:36

    Did you hear the bystanders laughing as this happened? Ah, this ubuntu is a wonderful thing!

  • TOM CARRINGTON - 2013-02-28 15:38

    This is disgusting!!! these police officers should be trailed for murder!!!

  • TOM CARRINGTON - 2013-02-28 15:39

    This is disgusting!!! These Police officers should be trialed for murder!!!

  • Cabbage Promise Goats Dlamini - 2013-02-28 15:43

    Msholozi's police is abusing black people terribly badly. Eish!

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-02-28 15:52

    thank you Smith by watching the video in every angle,what was going to happen if he got that gun?clue,what nationality killed Lucky Dube,Boxing hero at NW,farm murders and heists,i know they dont do this in their country broer.

  • Cabbage Promise Goats Dlamini - 2013-02-28 15:54

    The police mustn't do this in public where everyone can see. It makes the whiteys nervous when they think that one day it will be them that get dragged behind a van.

      Julien Afonso - 2013-02-28 16:02

      What a stupid comment you just made!ur name shouldn't be cabbage but garbage instead!!ur micro mentallity sucks so much its sickening!I assume you would be in that crowd watching what they did to that poor man with no remorse whatsoever!the world is such a bad place because of people like you!!

      DrGonzoSA - 2013-02-28 16:10

      The whites are laughing. Blacks killing each other, pass the popcorn :-)

      Cabbage Promise Goats Dlamini - 2013-02-28 16:13

      You see I was right, they're nervous now.

  • zanele.mkize.71 - 2013-02-28 16:06

    Haa! now i have heard it all, seriously we as south africans are in serious trouble. whats worse is that these cops know that they always get away with this. Oh how I hate SAPS!

  • James Smith - 2013-02-28 16:06

    its such a sad reality that such things still happen , my question then is , what about the person who was filming this as it was happening , couldnt he have effected a citizens arrest or something ?

      Cabbage Promise Goats Dlamini - 2013-02-28 16:23

      You can get out of your car and try to citizen arrest some policemen who walk with their guns drawn. I like to see you do that brave man.

  • Russell Cowan - 2013-02-28 16:06

    These cops need to be suspended from the force and charged with murder. They are giving the police a bad name and I know some good cops who are dedicated to fighting crime and will always go the extra mile but these cops who killed this man are a disgrace to the police and should be banished to jail for life.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2013-02-28 16:07

    Strange to see so many N24 commentators supporting a taxi driver

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-02-28 16:15

    Shepard please go to Zimbabwe and meet the police there,you will tell who is the pig

  • James Smith - 2013-02-28 16:17

    did anyone watch special assignment last year when they showed a zimbabwean national being stoned whilst people clamoured for his blood at some informal settlement was all filmed people were shocked for one or two days but the reality is , the way i see it is that all these things happen because we live in an enabling society , we say one thing and do the opposite . we need to examine our consciousness as a human race , a thin line was drawn when it was the xenophobic attacks , yet the pot had been simmering for a while and all that was done was finger point and name call , zimbabwean this ,mozambican that yet im made to understand south africa is a rainbow nation. this man has died a horrible , he isnt coming back. this culture of violence needs to stop because at the end of the day who will be really to blame

  • HASANIMA - 2013-02-28 16:20

    We live in a violent society in which killing another human being is like killing a chicken.What a shame

  • Nicholas Brian Wallace - 2013-02-28 16:22

    i think its time F*cken society takes a f*cken stand and takes the law into their own hands. time to slaughter the pig!!!!!!!!!

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  • Paul - 2013-02-28 16:33

    The bottom line is, the human race has become sick.... Our president has no morals: we rape our young as well as our very old. We burn animals alive as part of a muti ritual, we steal, we murder our girlfriends, our police force are unhumane... our planet is doomed!

  • jimmy.walls.90 - 2013-02-28 16:57

    Who trusts a Police or Metro today????

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2013-02-28 16:58

    Sorry to write this - but next time a policeman gets murdered - not shot in a gun fight with robbers etc - maybe the policeman did something like what was witnessed in the video - with so many people dying in police custody I could expect that there are often revenge murders carried out involved policemen by family or friends - revenge is a very strong emotion for some - look at the 'faction fights' between communities in KZN - they go on for generations.

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2013-02-28 19:49

    Goodness me! They are shocked!! Well, if you are THAT shocked WTH haven't you arrested the guilty parties. You've got the whole thing on video yet you haven't arrested anyone yet!!! W H Y??

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