Eight Police Arrested

The National Police Commissioner has suspended all police officer involved in the violent incident that resulted in death of Mido Macia. The brutal incident was caught on camera and made headlines across South Africa yesterday.

Phiyega also removed the station commander of Daveyton Police Station in order to allow investigation to proceed without interference. In her statement, angry Phiyega said:

"The SAPS management regrets the incident that led to the death of Mr Mido Macia and we would like to assure the country and the world that, that what is in the video is not how the SAPS in a democratic South Africa goes about its work.

I have therefore, instructed the Acting Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng Province, Major- General Gela to immediately suspend all policemen that were involved in the incident. I have also instructed that the officers involved be disarmed. Further, I have instructed that an internal investigation in terms of the SAPS disciplinary procedures be initiated immediately. We are also removing the current Station Commander of Daveyton Police Station from his position so that investigations can proceed uninhibited.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is already busy with its investigation in regards to the matter. I would like to assure the IPID and the country that the SAPS, will give IPID any support it needs in order for them to conduct their investigation. As stated above, the officers will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspensions are intended inter alia, to enable IPID to conduct its investigation unhindered and without any hindrance from any quarter."

Many organizations and analysts have welcome this move by the Police Commissioner and have applauded her for displaying courage. She is committed in restoring the reputation of the SAPS.
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