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Mido is not the only drag victim

By Poppy Louw | 2013-03-15 06:48:01.0

AS POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa yesterday walked the 500-metre route along which Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia was dragged behind a police van, news of two more "dragging" incidents have emerged.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said a North West police officer will appear in court today for allegedly assaulting a man in Setlopo village, Mahikeng, and dragging him with a police vehicle.

The 36-year-old sergeant is based at the Lomanyaneng police station. The victim, a court interpreter at Molopo Magistrate's Court, alleges that on March 7, he was grabbed by the neck and dragged for about 100 metres. He suffered injuries to his feet.

The second case caused a man's death.

A female constable stopped a group of youths near a tavern on July 15 2012 at about 12.25am in Jouberton, Klerksdorp, also in the North West.

She allegedly called 20-year-old Kleinbooi Matthews to the car, shut the window on him and drove away while his head was inside. The rest of the victim's body was dangling outside the police van.

It is not known when her case will be heard in court.

In Daveyton yesterday, Mthethwa, Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros and other government officials paid a visit to Macia's family and addressed community members at a church. - Additional reporting by Sapa

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