JOHANNESBURG – South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday condemned the “horrific” death of a Mozambican taxi driver who was filmed being dragged by a police van through the streets.
Video footage taken by a bystander shows 27-year-old Mido Macia tussling with half a dozen police officers before being handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged to the local police station near Johannesburg.
“The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable,” Zuma said in a statement. “No human being should be treated in that manner.”
Zuma ordered the police minister to probe the case, which has sparked widespread outrage and once again shone a negative light on South Africa’s police force, already pilloried for the shooting deaths of 34 miners last August and for the recent handling of the Oscar Pistorius case. (AFP)