Ramphele shocked at taxi driver death

2013-03-01 19:02

Johannesburg - Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele expressed shock on Friday at the death of a minibus taxi driver who was allegedly assaulted by police.

"Coming after Marikana, I am deeply shocked by this behaviour. The fact that police did this quite openly... is an example of the culture of impunity which has taken root in our public service," the party political platform leader said in a statement.

"Some members of the police - who are no longer a service but a force, as they were under apartheid - are behaving with unbelievable callousness."

Mido Macia, 27, a taxi driver and Mozambican national, was tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton on the East Rand on Tuesday.

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

Ramphele said people should wait for a full investigation into the incident before passing judgement. However, footage showed that the officers behaved inappropriately.

"By whatever standards we judge it, this is a clear act of police brutality."

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Friday morning that the officers involved in the incident had been suspended.

"I have also instructed that the officers involved be disarmed," she said during a media briefing in Pretoria.

"We are also removing the current station commander of Daveyton police station from his position so that investigations can proceed uninhibited."

Earlier on Friday, the ANC condemned Macia's death.

"The ANC believes that the role of the police is [to] protect and preserve life," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

"We call on the public that witnessed the incident to come forward and assist with information that will provide facts and [an] account of the incident."

Government also expressed its condolences on Friday.

"No acts of abuse and crime will be tolerated in our country. We are confident that IPID [Independent Police Investigative Directorate] will conduct an independent and impartial investigation, and that the wheels of justice will turn in all abuse and criminal cases," spokesperson Phumla Williams said in a statement.

The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) called on all taxi drivers to observe a minute of silence on Wednesday at 07:00 by switching off their vehicles in respect for Macia.

"We call upon all our taxi drivers and community members to remain calm and restrained under these circumstances, and allow the law to take its course," Santaco general secretary Philip Taaibosch said.

"We, however, wish to guarantee our taxi drivers that their rights as human beings will be protected and defended at all costs."

On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma called the video of the incident horrific.

The Cosatu, the Congress of the People, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, the DA, Amnesty International, and the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution have also condemned the incident.

  • kenneth.fisher.750 - 2013-03-01 19:12

    A political party called a gang?

      erich.vonstalhein.14 - 2013-03-01 19:36

      Its a new thing. They arent hiding anything these days

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-01 21:13

      You two retards are shamelessly lying to each other. What does Prof Mamphele have to hide? Can you mention just one thing? Agang is a Tswana word form"build." Don't be jealous because you feel threatened, and give a Tswana term your twisted English meaning.

      adinparadise - 2013-03-01 21:14

      Yes, I also did a double take when I saw this. What an unfortunate name for a political party.:)

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-01 21:28

      Aid paradise, I'm sure you would have preferred something which starts with the alphabet A, as in AWB, or B, as in Boeremag. Do as many double takes as you wish and see whether anyone cares

      jimmy.mthombeni.7 - 2013-03-01 22:58

      Themba, @Kenneth.fisher gave the Tswana term a twisted English meaning because of his twisted mindset caused by a twisted attitude towards languages other than English. He probably has a gang-rene which has affected his brain cells.

  • erich.vonstalhein.14 - 2013-03-01 19:19

    Dont say that there has never been a taxi driver you wanted to beat the hell out of

      Paul Cleverley - 2013-03-01 20:25

      You're a ficking moron.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-01 23:28

      Yeah, Erich, there has been. And I yelled at THAT PARTICULAR taxi driver. I didn't pick a generic taxi driver and drag him behind my vehicle.

  • Bless Boswell - 2013-03-01 19:34

    How about the other incidents of unacceptable police Behaviour? Rapes, attacks, etc? The latest rape of a complainant in a police station by a cop? Has he been dismissed? Suspended? Remember a female cop who STOOD on a woman's neck when she had been thrown to the ground? Why was that not dealt with? It was just swept under the carpet. The video clip is still available to view - why not followed up? The cops who raped 2 sisters and were let off??? The cop who groped a woman in her car and stubbed his cigarette out on the seat? Why have they not been dealt with? Whomever let them go is responsible for their arrogance and lack of respect.

  • John Henry - 2013-03-01 19:41

    As brutal as this is, I wish the police were more present on every road to try and control taxi drivers in this country. I have no idea how many deaths they cause every year, or how many accidents or reasons for Road Rage they cause. This was obviously overly heavy handed and way over the top, but they (police) really do need to clamp down on the total disregard for other drivers and road users that taxi drivers have. And if they can't fine the taxi-drivers, then fine the taxi driver associations that they belong to and get the associations to deal with their own! So tired of the ill-discipline on the roads these days!

  • Victor Ofentse - 2013-03-01 20:33

    we are really ashemed of saps instead of should keep n create peace bt they behave lyk RUSSIA's secret police under the J.STALIN in 1929...SAPS stop this kind of terror plurge assosinating our brothers lyk that, was marikana nw poor taxi driver(mageza) guys( police) u are also role models lets do the ryt things to others so that GOD may inseal n inscribe us gud accordily of our deeds.thanks to general commisner about steps she took, we say stop kiling community n make peace n together we can do better.

  • Hlompo Gatebe - 2013-03-01 20:44


      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-01 21:15

      Are you trying to suck up to your bass garden boy?

  • Moyahabo Lekolwana - 2013-03-01 21:01

    Throw them in Diepsloot, let them Deal with this morons #NECKLACETHEM.

  • Bongeka - 2013-03-01 21:20

    What does a word alleged mean? I thought I knew the meaning of it but now I'm lost because we all saw the video and everything that happened there but they still say he was allegedly assaulted by police. Please give me a right meaning before I embarass myself by using it wrong.

      Michael Jackwood - 2013-03-01 21:32

      Until someone is proven guilty by the court of law, he/she is always considered an alleged offender, presumtion of innocence until proven guilty.

      Bongeka - 2013-03-01 22:55

      So Michael Jackwood, if you saw that video. Do you still doubt or presume that those cops draged that guy on the road which caused his death? We can't say alleged on something like this.

      Michael Jackwood - 2013-03-02 06:33

      Thats how democracy and constitutional states works unfortunately, what if the alleged cops lawyers can prove that the video was a fabrication in court?

      Heather Campbell Matthewson - 2013-03-02 09:09

      thats rich coming from you Micheal! considering you have already made yourself clear that Oscar should rot in jail

      Esther Coetzee - 2013-03-02 11:17

      In our country the meaning of alleged is as followed:when the perpetrators are black, they are 'alleged'to have done something wrong,whether it was captured on tape or not. When the perpetrator is white, any story about him is believed immediately, he is fired on the spot, the Lulus of this world have lots to say about his background and upbringing and the 'R'word is used in abundance

      Esther Coetzee - 2013-03-02 11:28

      'as follows

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-03-01 21:37

    The Dr seems to have already taken a dosage of the DA medicine of having a proactive approach to SA issues...You are now shocked what about last year didn't hear you commenting about Marikana!! Maybe you where too busy declining DA's efforts of recruiting you in the hope of gaining black voters.

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-01 21:43

      "Maybe" implies that you don't know what you are talking about. So shut up and no one will be able to tell how really small the size of your brain is

  • Daniel Moses - 2013-03-01 22:00

    it was painful to saw one of our man we use to work with him was dragged like dog in front of us i will never forget this in my life time those burstat must be sentence for life because now our country have a bad image to the world wide . Daveyton police stop taking us like animals we are human beings . The law must be strong for this police who did this. I ws following the police same day when this happend he was talking alone saying we will finish all mozambique people they plan it to kill him

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-03 13:57

      What does the Moz government think of this? Any comments from them?

  • kenneth.fisher.750 - 2013-03-01 22:29

    A political party called a gang? Or is that lost in translation?

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-01 22:35

      You are confused, and don't keep abreast of political developments. Agang means build. It's seTswana, not english.

      Sheila Wilson - 2013-03-01 23:12

      Oh for pete's sake, grow up, you ignoramuses!

      Sheila Wilson - 2013-03-01 23:13

      I meant the kenneth fishers of this world.

      jimmy.mthombeni.7 - 2013-03-01 23:27

      It is a loss of kenneth.fisher's normal functions in cognition and emotion, affecting his fundamental human attributes such as language, thought and perception. That is why you have a twisted perception of a Tswana name Agang as "a gang". In short you are schizophrenic and that condition, just like stupidity, has no cure.

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-01 22:40

    Police brutality is a daily occurance!! This particular case happened to be video taped for the world to see - IT IS DISGUSTING, SICK and the Minister of Police need to tackle this HUGE problem ASAP!!

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-03-01 22:44

    @Themba you never have a clear outlook on things always on reply mode. I've honestly never heard you make a statement you seem to always wait for people to comment and make infantile comments. Dude you question my political understanding on issues and yet you dont have a clear direction on which side you on!! I am a clear ANC supporter and what is it that you subscribe to numb nuts??

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-02 06:23

      I'm allergic to stupidity, lies, and lack of integrity, all of which are the embodiment of the ANC.

  • Mandla D Mavuso - 2013-03-01 22:46

    Ramphele shocked? the whole world is shocked.

  • john.tex.395 - 2013-03-01 22:56

    Really it's no big deal taxi drivers have killed lots of woman and children over the years trust me it's no big deal

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-01 23:31

      It's a big deal.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-03-01 23:48

    Tersia go tuck your man into bed if you have one...

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-02 06:24

      Yes, Rwaai suffers from an infection called stupidity, infected by his leader Zuma

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-02 10:47

      Yandisa Rwaai. I expected better from you.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-03-02 00:09

    What was i responding to??

      Themba Thwala - 2013-03-02 10:19

      Take your head out of Zuma's corrupt behind. Your brain will start functioning and you won't ask or say stupid things

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-03-02 00:12

    You should go 'tuck' yours if you have one!! Of which i doubt by the sound of things!!!

  • angela.clegg.7 - 2013-03-02 07:24

    I watched this video on BBC world wide and CNN. Yesterday it was the news of Oscars judge's family, the day before it was the news of the policeman involved in Oscars case and the day before that it was Oscar....The mine shootout are also being flashed on the hour....I'm ashamed...but it does open the floodgates for all to video the injustices and put it on youtube...the police force belongs to the Government, the Government is corrupt....apartheid died along time ago

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-02 10:39

    I just knew it, Someone would mention apartheid sooner or later.

  • alananthonygreen - 2013-03-02 10:52

    I'm also shocked. Where's the article on me?

  • rory.n.price - 2013-03-02 19:30

    Much worse now than under Apartheid

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-03 14:05

      Under apartheid the gov. killed between 200 and 300 people. The anc has exceeded by a huge margin. Go figure. Vote DA! They have not killed anyone! Not ONE!

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-03-03 13:44

    Elections coming!

  • mfanah.radebe - 2013-03-03 14:05

    The aim was to kill him painfully,as they didn't even have a heart to take him to hospital after they dragged him they locked him in a cell an they look at him will he suffers from pain

  • Daniel Moses - 2013-03-06 21:13

    a man was found death this morning again @ Daveyton zenzele skwata camp whith his eyes removed the man was short whith four bullets they were trying to remove his head but knife was broken. Ladies and gentle man pray for Daveyton coz what happens her its Tomuch the devel it self operating

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-27 16:15

    Too late for brownie points.

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