Increase in police brutality slammed

Barbara Hollands and Michael Kimberley

AS mourners gathered in Johannesburg yesterday for a memorial service for taxi driver Mido Macia, community organisations in the Eastern Cape slammed rampant police brutality in their home province.

Macia, 27, died last week after having been handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged hundreds of metres to a police station.

His funeral service in Daveyton Stadium, close to both his home and the police cell on the East Rand where he died, was attended by former president Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graça Machel, and Mozambique ambassador Fernando Fazenda.

Former Mozambican first lady Machel warned that the “increasing institutionalisation of violence” was creating a police force which was “actively aggressive towards a defenceless public”.

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