Police Abuse

S. African Policemen Plead 'Not Guilty' in Dragging Death

In a rough country, the murder still has the power to shock

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Nine South African policemen have been charged with murder after a taxi driver was dragged behind a police van and later found dead.

They were brought to the magistrate's court in Benoni, near Johannesburg, amid tight security.

They pleaded not guilty to murdering Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia, 27, in nearby Daveyton on 26 February.

A small crowd of protesters were outside the court to oppose bail for the accused.

One placard read: "What have we done to die like dogs?".