South African police arrested, to face murder charges
Friday, March 01, 2013 - 01:29
Mar. 1 - Eight South African policemen are arrested on murder charges after dragging a man tied to the back of their police truck. Mana Rabiee reports.
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...Anger in South Africa...
Protesters shouted "police are dogs" outside this Johannesburg police station Friday.
That's where a man was found dead while in custody, after police dragged him handcuffed to the back of their moving truck.
And nearby, this is what they've been hoping for: the arrest of eight policemen now charged with the man's murder, says police investigator Kuki Mbeki.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) KUKI MBEKI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OF INDEPENDENT POLICE INVESTIGATIVE DIRECTORATE (IPID), SAYING:
"We have just arrested the eight members of the South African police service that are suspected of the crime. We are currently investigating a case of murder against all eight of them. We will keep them in custody until on Monday when they will have to appear in court."
But arrests are not enough for the family of the victim, 27-year old Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macio.
This relative wants justice.
(SOUNDBITE) (Zulu) RELATIVE OF MACIA, BATALISILE NGWENYA SAYING:
"They must not be suspended. They must be fired and they must never work again. They took somebody's life."
Over 1,200 people die every year in South Africa while in police custody.
The case of Mido Macio broke through that anonymity after the episode was caught on troubling video that went viral.
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