Police Brutality Continues Unabated in South Africa

South African Police
South Africa’s National Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa

AFRICANGLOBE – A police officer accused of dragging an off-duty court interpreter alongside his car has been charged with attempted murder, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Friday.

The 36-year-old sergeant, based at the Lomanyaneng police station in Mahikeng, North West, appeared in court on Friday.

The case was postponed to Wednesday for a formal bail application, said Ipid spokesman Moses Dlamini.

On Thursday, Dlamini said the officer was arrested for allegedly assaulting a man in Setlopo Village and dragging him alongside a police vehicle.

The man, a court interpreter at the Molopo Magistrate’s Court, was called over to the police vehicle after speaking to a boy who had allegedly been harassed by the same officers moments earlier.

“The driver grabbed the complainant by the neck and asked him if he knew what police were capable of these days. The policeman allegedly drove off and dragged the complainant for about 100 metres,” said Dlamini.

The man suffered injuries to his feet and was taken to hospital by his neighbour.