SA justice news round-up

More stories of police brutality are emerging after Mido Macia died in police custody having being dragged behind a police vehicle. (Photo: Yahoo News)

More stories of police brutality are emerging after Mido Macia died in police custody having being dragged behind a police vehicle. (Photo: Yahoo News)

Police officers implicated in two more dragging cases

A North West police officer will appear in court today on charges of grabbing a court interpreter by his neck and dragging him 100 metres. According to the Sowetan, the 36-year-old sergeant, who works at Lomanyaneng police station, apparently caused injuries to the interpreter’s feet.

A female officer in Klerksdorp, also in the North West, is also said to have dragged a man to his death recently. The constable is alleged to have called 20-year-old Kleinbooi Matthews to her police van, shut the window on him and drove away while his head was inside and the rest of his body was dangling outside the vehicle. Read more.

Police minister meets family of dragging victim Mido Macia

The Mail & Guardian reports that Minister Nathi Mthethwa met the family of taxi driver Mido Macia, who died in police custody recently after being dragged behind a SAPS vehicle in Daveyton. During the meeting, which took place on Thursday this week, Mthethwa said his department would never condone police brutality against unarmed civilians. Read more.

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety highlights low rape conviction rate

MEC Faith Mazibuko has told the Gauteng legislature that only 8.3% of the 23 086 rape cases reported in the province during 2012/2013 resulted in a conviction. According to The Star, Mazibuko said many cases were thrown out of court because of an incomplete investigation.

Senior NPA official higlights problems in fight against drugs

The deputy director of public prosecutions, Gerrit Roberts, has described some of the problems which hamper the fight against drugs. According to the Sowetan, some of the problems highlighted by Roberts include police losing tracking devices fitted onto targeted deliveries to druglords; lack of accountability in the evidence chain; corruption and delay in lab analysis of substances. Roberts was speaking at the Anti-Substance Abuse Summit held by the Gauteng government this week and attended by 400 stakeholders.

Prominent Gauteng advocate stable after needle attack outside court

News24 reports that Advocate Jaap Cilliers is in a stable condition after being injected with an unknown substance outside the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday. Cilliers has previously defended Dr Wouter Basson and Jackie Selebi, among others. Read more.

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