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Daveyton - 26 February

1. Various of police apprehending man, tying him to their van before slowly driving off

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Johannesburg, 28 Feb 2013

2. Street scene with newspaper placard reading: (English) "Killer Cops Caught On Video"

3. Wide of Moses Dlamini, Independent Police Investigative Directorate

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Moses Dlamini, Independent Police Investigative Directorate:

"The investigation now is to get more statements from witnesses who saw what happened, and the person who took the video - we need to take the statement of that person so that we can authenticate the video and be able to use it as evidence."

Reporter: What were the nature of the injuries of the deceased? Were they absolutely related to being dragged behind a vehicle?

"Well, the allegations are that he was dragged behind a vehicle and his head was bent on the police vehicle. There are also allegations of assault that we are investigating. The post mortem showed that he had head injuries and some injuries on his upper abdomen. That is what we are currently looking at."

5. Close up of newspaper placard on street sign

6. Street scene in Johannesburg

7. Group of people sitting and talking

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Selwyn Adams, Johannesburg resident:

"I've seen cops coming, they can just say get in the van or whatever, no matter what crime you've done. You understand? Why do they need to beat you and throw you in a van? They're driving like you are an animal or fruit in a bag."

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Alfonso Adams, Johannesburg resident:

"They are there for safety, but we as a people fear them more. You don't know who to trust any more."

10. Wide of traffic on street

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Video footage has emerged in South Africa showing an incident in which a man is tied to the back of a police van and driven off. He later died.

In the amateur video police can be seen tying a man to their van before slowly driving off in Daveyton on the eastern outskirts of Johannesburg.

The Daily Sun, a South African newspaper, posted video the footage on Thursday and it was quickly picked up by other South African news outlets and carried on the Internet. It sparked immediate outrage.

Some of those in the crowd who watched the scene unfold in a township east of Johannesburg shouted at the police and warned that it was being videotaped.

The police did not seem at all concerned as they tied Mido Macia, a 27-year-old taxi driver from neighbouring Mozambique, to the back of a police vehicle, his hands behind his head, his buttocks on the ground.

"We are going to film this," several onlookers shouted in Zulu as the police tormented Macia. One bystander can be heard on the videotape shouting in Zulu: "What has this guy done?"

A police watchdog agency has said the incident started just before 7 pm (1700 GMT) on Tuesday when the cab driver was allegedly obstructing traffic with his vehicle.

Then, Macia allegedly assaulted a constable and took his weapon before he was overpowered, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said in a statement.

At first, Macia, dressed in jeans and a red T-shirt, is dragged along the road by the vehicle at slow speed, the footage shows.

He awkwardly tries to keep step even though he is almost horizontal above the ground.

Then the van stops, two policemen pick up the legs of the taxi driver and drop them to the ground as the van picks up speed and drives off, beyond the view of the camera.

Moses Dlamini of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said early on Thursday that his service has opened a murder probe.

"The investigation now is to get more statements from witnesses who saw what happened, and the person who took the video - we need to take the statement of that person so that we can authenticate the video and be able to use it as evidence," he said.

The IPID said on Thursday that Macia suffered head and other injuries, including internal bleeding.

"The allegations are that he was dragged behind a vehicle and his head was bent on the police vehicle. There are also allegations of assault that we are investigating," said Dlamini.

"The post mortem showed that he had head injuries and some injuries on his upper abdomen. That is what we are currently looking at."

The footage renewed concerns about brutality, corruption and other misconduct by a national police force whose reputation has suffered in recent years amid reports that many officers lack training.

Some have been charged with committing the crimes they are supposed to prevent, including rape and murder.

"They are there for safety," said Alfonso Adams, a man living in Johannesburg.

"But we as a people fear them more. You don't know who to trust any more."

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