SA rapped on the knuckles by rights bodies

A mourner holds a poster of Mido Macia, who died after being dragged behind a police van. (Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu for he Star)

A mourner holds a poster of Mido Macia, who died after being dragged behind a police van. (Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu for The Star)

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR)  has expressed its concern on the dragging and subsequent death of taxi driver Mido Macia.

Dupe Atoki, the Chairperson of the ACHPR’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA), issued a joint statement with the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E Mendez.

Atoki and Mendez characterised the Macia’s treatment at the hands of the police as “cruel and degrading”.

They reminded South Africa of its obligation to “prevent, prohibit and punish all acts of torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment within its territory” in line with the international agreements which it has ratified.

In addition, they called on the South African government to speed up the enactment into law of the draft Bill on the criminalisation of torture.

The statement comes as South Africa prepares to mark Human Rights Day on  21 March.

Read the statement.

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