Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

28 February 2013

Death of Mozambican man at hands of South Africa police 'shocking'

Death of Mozambican man at hands of South Africa police 'shocking'
Amnesty International has repeatedly documented excessive use of force by South Africa's police

Amnesty International has repeatedly documented excessive use of force by South Africa's police

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This appalling incident involving excessive force is the latest in an increasingly disturbing pattern of brutal police conduct in South Africa,
Source: 
Noel Kututwa, southern Africa director
Date: 
Thu, 28/02/2013

Media reports and cell phone footage apparently showing members of the South African Police Service tying a Mozambican man to the back of a police vehicle and dragging him down the road are “shocking”, Amnesty International said today.

The man is reported to have died later in a police cell from head injuries.

“This appalling incident involving excessive force is the latest in an increasingly disturbing pattern of brutal police conduct in South Africa,” said Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s southern Africa director.

“The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) must be fully supported in conducting its investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”

“Amnesty International urges the South African government to make a public commitment to ensure that the police stop the use of excessive force and deliberate targeted killings.”

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) received 720 new cases for investigation of suspicious deaths in custody or in other policing contexts from April 2011 to March 2012.

Issue

Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings 

Country

Mozambique 

Region

Africa 

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