South Africa: Police charged with murder after dragging death of taxi driver

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JOHANNESBURG — Eight South African police officers were charged with murder today for the death of a taxi driver dragged by a police vehicle, a videotaped incident which became a worldwide symbol of police brutality in this country.

Friends and relatives of Mido Macia gathered around a simple wooden table in the poor township of Daveyton this morning, to mourn the death the slender 27-year-old who died shortly after the dragging incident on Tuesday.

Eight policemen from Daveyton were charged with murder, said Moses Dlamini of the police investigation unit.

South Africa’s police chief Gen. Riah Phiyega said she shared “the extreme shock and outrage” over the video evidence of abuse of Macia by police officers and said his rights were “violated in the most extreme form.”

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