Feb. 28 - South Africans protest against police brutality after video shows police dragging a man hundreds of meters from the back of a pick-up truck, hours before he died in custody. Malini Wilkes reports.
Angry protesters are demanding justice for the death of a taxi driver, who was arrested tuesday in Daveyton, South Africa, dragged behind a police van, and later died in police custody. It happened in front of dozens of witnesses, including Rose Macia, the driver's sister. (SOUNDBITE) (Shangaan) ROSE MACIA, SISTER OF DEAD MINIBUS DRIVER MIDO MACIA, SAYING: "I was there. I saw the police beat him up and drag him. They handcuffed him and dragged him all the way up to the police station." A South African newspaper posted disturbing amateur video of the whole encounter. Police say 27-year-old Mido Macia parked his taxi illegally and resisted arrest. They cuff him to their van and drive off slowly at first... but soon pick up speed, with no apparent regard for his safety. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED TAXI DRIVER, SAYING: "What the police have done is called police brutality!" The video is leading to new outrage over long-held complaints of police misconduct. South African President Jacob Zuma said Thursday that "no human being should be treated in that manner." There's been a request for an immediate investigation from the country's human rights commissioner Lawrence Mushwana: (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTH AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, LAWRENCE MUSHWANA, SAYING: "If it was an arrest, you ask yourself why was it not so that the police arrested that man and put him in the van and not drag him. I mean that is a display of sheer brutality. An initial report found Macia died of head injuries and internal bleeding.