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The job of the South African police is to fight one of the highest crime rates in the world. Instead, the force stands accused of contributing to it.

On Friday, eight South African police officers were charged with murder for the death of a taxi driver dragged by a police vehicle, a videotaped incident that became a worldwide symbol of police brutality in this country.

The video even shocked South Africans who are long accustomed to stories of police misconduct.

At a bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius last week, a magistrate harshly criticized a police detective for shoddy work in the investigation into the murder case against the double-amputee athlete, charged with killing his girlfriend.

Hilton Botha, the lead investigator, is also charged with seven counts of attempted murder over what news reports called a drunken incident in which he and two other police officers were accused of firing shots…

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