(Codewit) Taxi driver handcuffed to back of police van and dragged to his death as cops responsible are suspended in South Africa
This is the face of the taxi driver handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged to his death in South Africa over an alleged parking dispute.
Video footage captured on a mobile phone shows officers attaching Mido Macia, 27, to the back of their van and brazenly speeding off before a crowd of horrified onlookers.
The Mozambican immigrant was found dead in a police cell two hours later.
South Africa's police chief today said she shared 'the extreme shock and outrage' over the video footage, as she announced the officers involved had been suspended and the local police commander removed from his post.
General Riah Phiyega said she fully supports the investigation by the police watchdog agency and added the rights of Mr Macia were 'violated in the most extreme form'.
Investigators are said to have been told that the taxi driver assaulted one of the police officers and took his gun.
But South Africa's Daily Sun today revealed new video footage which appears to contradict officers' version of events.
It appears to show the cab driver arguing with police officers with his hands by his side, before he is manhandled to the ground by up to five men in uniform.
The scandal is only the latest to undermine confidence in South Africa's police, heaping yet more shame on a force that opened fire on striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine in August last year, killing 34 people.