Bru­tal cops are not above the law

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Miye­lani Hlung­wani Mukhomi, Lim­popo

There have been many com­plaints about po­lice bru­tal­ity and videos have gone vi­ral show­ing the ex­ces­sive use of force by SA Po­lice Ser­vice of­fi­cers. They for­get that no one is above the law in South Africa. Two years ago, Mozam­bi­can minibus taxi driver Mido Ma­cia was dragged be­hind a po­lice van and as­saulted in the Davey­ton po­lice cells by eight of­fi­cers. He died there.

I con­grat­u­late Judge Bert Bam for find­ing all eight po­lice­men in­volved in the mur­der guilty. This is a good start. Ev­ery death in cus­tody needs to be probed.

The judge is very com­pe­tent and this is a good thing for the jus­tice sys­tem of our coun­try. Jus­tice must be done and has to be done fairly.

Some­times, po­lice of­fi­cers think they own the coun­try. They are bru­tal and think the gov­ern­ment will pro­tect them. My sin­cere con­do­lences to the Ma­cia fam­ily for the loss of their loved one.

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