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South Africa: 8 police officers arrested for brutality


JOHANNESBURG, (Xinhua): Eight police officers, implicated in brutality that led to the death of a taxi driver, have been arrested on murder charges, authorities said on Friday.

The eight officers, two warrant officers and six constables, were arrested after being suspended and disarmed by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega earlier in the day.

The suspects were held accountable for the death of Mido Macio, who was dragged behind a police vehicle and was later found dead in the holding cells at Daveyton police station in Benoni near Johannesburg on Tuesday, the Independent Police Directorate (IPID) said.

President Jacob Zuma has ordered an investigation into the incident.

The incident, videoed by an amateur and went viral on the YouTube, has sparked outrage in the country.

"From the video, which has gone viral, it is obvious that the rights of Mido Macia were violated in the most extreme form," Phiyega said.

The suspects will remain in custody until they appear in the Daveyton Magistrate's Court on Monday, IPID said.

Phiyega has also ordered the removal of the commander of Daveyton police station for the duration of an internal police probe.

Police claimed that the 27-year-old driver, who came from Mozambique, had tried to disarm an officer who had confronted him because his minibus was obstructing traffic.

But a witness reportedly denied the claim, saying Macia had been trying to get his driving license back from the police instead of trying to disarm the officer.

A post-mortem revealed Macia died of head and internal injuries.

Editor: Sha Sha

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