President Zuma orders probe on taxi driver killing

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has directed the Minister of Police to investigate the death of the taxi driver who was dragged behind a police van, and later allegedly murdered in his police cell.

Media reported that a taxi driver from Mozambique died after being dragged by a police van and then beaten to death in Daveyton.

In an amateur video that has since gone viral on YouTube, Mido Macia is seen tied to the back of a South African Police Service (SAPS) vehicle and dragged down the street. He was allegedly dragged from the police van for about 400m.

Zuma said members of the SAPS were required to operate within the confines of the law in executing their duties.

“The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable. No human being should be treated in that manner,” said Zuma.

He extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of the man.

Acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Phumla Williams also sent government’s deepest condolences to the victim’s family, friends and community.

“No acts of abuse and crime will be tolerated in our country. We are confident that the 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. We are aware that SAPS is also conducting an internal investigation,” Williams said.

She said government assured South Africans that SAPS officials subscribe to a code of conduct and that their main objective is to achieve a safe and secure environment for all South Africans to live in. If SAPS officials are found to be in violation of the code of conduct, they will be dealt with accordingly. -