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JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s police chief announced Friday that eight officers allegedly involved in the death of a man who was bound and then dragged by a police vehicle have been suspended and that the local police commander has been removed from his post.
Gen. Riah Phiyega said Friday that she shares “the extreme shock and outrage” over the abuse of the Mozambican immigrant by police officers and supports the investigation by the police watchdog agency. The rights of Mido Macia, a 27-year-old from neighboring Mozambique, were “violated in the most extreme form,” she said. The detention and dragging of the man, a taxi driver who had parked in the wrong spot, was videotaped by memebrs of a horrified crowd of onlookers.
The scandal is the latest to undermine confidence in South Africa’s police force, which has expanded from 120,000 to nearly 200,000 over a decade.