Footage of South African police tying a Mozambican man to the back of a police vehicle and dragging him down the road has been making headlines across the world.
The man is reported to have died later in a police cell from head injuries.
“This footage is shocking,” said Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s southern Africa director.
“This appalling incident involving excessive force is the latest in an increasingly disturbing pattern of brutal police conduct in South Africa.”
Amnesty international has been documenting an increasing trend by police to resort to excessive force in response to social protests and ordinary crime for nearly ten years. Torture and other ill-treatment, primarily in context of criminal investigations, have become habitual practices.
The killing by heavily armed police of 34 striking mine workers at Marikana last August, and the alleged ill-treatment of some injured and arrested miners in the aftermath, is one extremely concerning example of this trend.