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A man dragged by police and later dies in his cell in South Africa.
Taxi driver, Mido Macia, was found dead in a jail cell two hours after police arrested him in Daveyton, South Africa. Eight police officers are now accused of Mido’s murder.
South Africa’s police chief said that she also feels the same “extreme shock and outrage” over the video footage as anyone who has seen it. She also announced that the officers involved had already been suspended and that the police commander in Daveyton has been relieved of his post.
General Riah Phiyega said she supports the investigation by the police watchdog agency and agreed that the right of Mr. Macia were “violated in the most extreme form.”
According to investigators, police told them that Mr. Macia assaulted one of the police officers and took his gun.
But the video footage shows a contradiction to the officers’ version of the events.
The video shows Macia arguing with a police officer with his hands by his side. Then he was roughed up by five police officers and he ended up on the ground.
One witness told a local newspaper: “[Police] argued with Macia and then they beat him up.
They handcuffed him to the back of the van and slammed the door in his face. With blood running down his face they drove off. He was in pain. He cried and asked the cops to stop but they continued anyway.”
This comes at the time when the country’s faith in the criminal justice system has waned due to increasing violence and corruption within.
Last August, South Africa’s police opened fired on striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine and killed 34 people. The high-profile murder case against Oscar Pistorius has also questioned the justice system.
Mr. Macia’s probable cause of death was head injuries with internal bleeding, according to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.
The incident has quickly sparked backlash in South Africa with many protesting in the streets. Frans Cronje from the South African Institute of Race Relations said:
“It is a level of barbarity on a par with police behaviour at Marikana. We strongly support the police use of force to meet the criminal onslaught. But this is an ill-disciplined and brutal rabble that have lost all respect for themselves, their jobs, the societies they work in.”
When reports of Paralympian athlete, Oscar Pistorius, killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, surfaced this morning, many wondered who she was.
Steenkamp was Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend, reality star, international model, and law school grad.
Pistorious, 26, was charged in her murder this morning.
The 30-year-old South African beauty died of gunshot wounds to the head and arm. Reports say that Pistorious may have killed her, but unconfirmed reports say that he may have accidentally shot her when he had mistaken her for an intruder.
The couple were famous in their native South Africa and had dubbed the “Posh and Becks of South Africa.”
But Steenkamp was more than a pretty face. She received a law degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She was also set to appear on the fifth season premier of Tropika Island of Treasure, a popular reality show in South Africa.
Among other things, Steenkamp was the face of Avon in South Africa and became famous from her cover shoot on FHM Magazine’s December 2011 issue.
The model told “The Herald” that she planned on getting back into law. She told “The Weekend Post” that she made an application to the Bar last year, but got a call from the FHM photo shoot. She decided to take the FHM opportunity instead. She called it “destiny and faith.”
Steenkamp spoke candidly about her relationship with Pistorius. She had called him “beautiful” on Twitter and told reporters at the Virgin Active Sports Industry Awards that Pistorius has “impeccable” taste in gifts.
“His gifts are always thoughtful,” she said.
Steenkamp loved using Instagram where she posted about love, life and the things that were important to her.
One recent photo was captioned: “woke up in a happy safe home this morning. Not everyone did. Speak out against the rape…” Two of her previous posts was a wedding dress and a quote about love.
Do you think Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp?
Paralympian, Oscar PIstorius, had been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Steenkamp, 30, was found in Pistorius’ home which is located on the outskirts of Pretoria in South Africa. Officers reportedly found a 9mm pistol at the scene.
According to USA Today, police spokesperson Captain Sarah Mcirca confirmed that Steenkamp was shot in the arm and the head.
At this time police are interviewing neighbors as to what they may have seen or heard before or during the shooting.
Steenkamp was a 30-year-old law school grad and model. She had been dating Pistorius for several months.
Oscar Pistorius, 26, is the first double amputee to run in the Olympics. He’s been nicknamed the “Blade Runner” since he wears carbon fiber prosthetic blades.
Pistorius ran 11 races during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. He came home with 2 Paralympic gold medals, Paralympic silver, two world records, a Paralympic record, an Olympics individual semi-final and an Olympic final. People magazine named him one of the “sexiest men alive.”
The South African Olympic committee did not want to comment on the shooting due to the ongoing investigation. However, the committee issued this statement:
The South African Olympic committee said it would be inappropriate to comment on the shooting because of the ongoing police investigation, but issued the following statement: “The organization is in no position to comment on the incident other than to say our deepest sympathy and condolences have been expressed to the families of all concerned.”
A recent study suggests that one in three women in South Africa bleach their skin to become ‘less black’. Local musician Nomasonto “Mshoza” Mnisi has been criticized in the local media for bleaching her skin. She says it was a self-esteem issue and is no different than getting a nose job or breast implants. She wanted to see what being lighter is like and is happy with the colour she is now.
In many parts of Africa and Asia, the belief is that lighter skinned women are more successful, more beautiful and are more likely to get married. As well, some of the ‘brown nations’ look down upon the ‘dark skinned’ nations.
This trend also extends to men, as hairstylist Jackson Marcelle has been using special injections for the last 10 years. Known as the ‘Michael Jackson’ in his community, these shots lasts 6 months at a time. He says he doesn’t like being black and as a child, his mother used to apply cream on his skin to make him lighter.