Target: South African president, Jacob Zuma
Goal: Penalize South African police officers accountable for human rights infringements and enact immediate reform
A video has recently surfaced showing disturbing footage of a Mozambican man being tied to a police van by South African officers and then dragged to his death. Mido Macia—a taxi driver from Mozambique—was initially detained by local police officers for blocking oncoming traffic with his car in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg, South Africa. An autopsy has revealed that the Mozambican man died from head injuries and internal bleeding suffered after the arrest.
Recorded on a mobile phone by a bystander, the footage shows a large crowd gathered around a group of uniformed South African police. The video then shows officers tying Macia up to a police van. The vehicle then drags the victim off into the distance. The footage has not only enraged South Africans, but it has also brought renewed international attention to the legacy of apartheid in South Africa.
After approached by the press for a statement, the South African Police Service told reporters that the department expressed “extreme shock and outrage” at the the video. “It is obvious,” the statement continued, “that the rights of Mido Macia were violated in the most extreme form.” Nevertheless, the deplorable treatment of Macia is not an isolated case of South African police brutality. In August 2012, for instance, South African police shot dead 34 miners who were on strike.
Since the footage has gone viral, eight of the officers in the video have been suspended and subsequently arrested. All eight will appear before a judge as early as March 4. Tell South African President Jacob Zuma that the international community demands justice for Mido Macia. The cycle of police brutality must come to an end and reforms must be sought as to prevent similar horrific slayings from taking place.
Dear President Jacob Zuma,
Justice must be served for Mido Macia—the man who was senselessly killed by South African police officers after they tied him to a police van and had him dragged throughout the streets. All he did, reports claim, was block oncoming traffic with his car. The South African government needs to be more proactive and enact measures that will help end this sort of horrifying police brutality.
The mobile phone footage clearly shows uniformed, South African officers tying Mido Macia up to a police van. The video then shows the van driving off into the distance with the victim still tied to the rear bumper. Furthermore, this is not an isolated case. In August 2012, South African police killed 34 miners who were on strike. These human rights violations must come to an end.
Please ensure that police officers responsible for Mido Macia’s death are held accountable and brought to justice. Reform must also be sought in order to help bring an end to police brutality.
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