VIDEO footage of policemen dragging a man behind their vehicle has elicited widespread condemnation.
The video footage was flighted on television and pictures were published in newspapers yesterday.
Joseph Mido Macua, 27, from Mozambique was allegedly assaulted by police officers from the Daveyton police station on the East Rand on Tuesday and then tied to the back of their marked van and dragged for about 500 metres. He later died in police cells.
Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was “deeply concerned” about allegations that police brutality led to Macua’s death, said spokesman Brigadier Phuti Setati.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) confirmed that it was probing the case.
Ipid spokesman Moses Dlamini said a postmortem report received on Wednesday showed that Macua died from head injuries and internal bleeding.
“They [policemen] are only saying they locked him [up] and that he was later found by another police officer [dead],” he said.
The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union condemned the police officers’ actions.
The Portfolio Committee on Police said it was “shocked and dismayed that the police, who are meant to protect the public, can be capable of committing such acts”.
” Police brutality cannot be tolerated under any circumstances,” the South African Human Rights Commission’s Isaac Mangena said.