Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:26 PM
jsr (7,712 posts)
South African police drag man to death
On video: SAfrican police drag man, who later dies
By RAF CASER
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- They bound his hands to the rear of a van, and then sped off, dragging the slender taxi driver along the pavement as a crowd of onlookers shouted in dismay. The man was later found dead.
A gut-wrenching video of the scene is all the more disturbing because the men who abused the Mozambican immigrant were uniformed South African police officers and the van was a marked police vehicle.
The graphic scenes of the victim struggling for his life shocked a nation long accustomed to reports of police violence.
"The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable. No human being should be treated in that manner," said South African President Jacob Zuma.
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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:42 PM
lapislzi (5,200 posts)
7. There is a great deal of anti-immigrant sentiment in South Africa
It faces pressures from Mozambique and Zimbabwe, two ruined countries on its borders. South Africa is not much better off economically, but it is still seen as a haven by refugees from failed states. Too many people competing for severely limited resources.
Add to this ongoing tensions between tribal groups that have never really been resolved. I noted that one of the bystanders was shouting in Zulu. If the murdered Mozambican man was a Zulu (very likely) and the arresting officers Tswana, Sotho, or other group with a history of antagonism towards Zulu, this would not be especially surprising. (Does not make it any less horrifying; I could only watch a few seconds of video before being sick to my stomach).
These tensions were historically exploited very successfully by the white apartheid government.