Commissioner suspends Daveyton cops

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pretoria - The eight Daveyton police officers alleged to be involved in the death of a taxi driver this week have been suspended and disarmed, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Friday.

Speaking to the media in Pretoria, Phiyega said the Commander of Daveyton Police Station would be removed for the duration of an internal investigation. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is also investigating the incident.

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

Earlier in a statement, President Jacob Zuma condemned the incident and said he had directed the Minister of Police to investigate.

Phiyega said that the SA Police Service regretted and condemned the incident.

“It was with extreme shock and we are equally outraged by what has happened that is why we're taking the steps we are,” said Phiyega. –