Mozambique condemns brutal killing of its citizen in South Africa
Baloi said that the police behaviour, caught on camera and distributed over the internet, was “shocking”, “revolting” and “absolutely unacceptable”.
After a dispute over where the victim (Macia) had parked his taxi, the police tied him to the back of a police van and dragged him over a tarred road for about 400 metres.
He died a few hours later from severe head injuries.
Mozambique’s chief diplomat said he had received information about Macia’s death from several sources, including the Mozambican High Commission in South Africa.
“My reaction is categorically one of revulsion, however great the offence, it does not justify this brutality”.
He noted that this is not the first time that Mozambicans living in South Africa have been treated with “extreme violence”, when they are accused of crimes. He noted that, in the case of Mozambican poachers, it has become normal for the South African forces to shoot to kill, rather than disarming and arresting them.
Baloi said he hoped the South African authorities would now take “adequate and exemplary measures” to prevent any recurrence of the savage assault that led to Macia’s death.