Taxi driver dragged by police van

A Mozambican national has died after he was allegedly dragged behind a police van in Daveyton.

A Mozambican national has died after he was allegedly dragged behind a police van in Daveyton.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on Thursday said it was investigating the death of a taxi driver in Daveyton on the East Rand.

In their statements, the officers involved say the Mozambican national died after being attacked by other men in the holding cells but video footage taken by an eyewitness on Wednesday shows him being assaulted and dragged by a police van.

The man was confronted by police after he parked his vehicle on the road obstructing traffic.

IPID's Moses Dlamini says the post-mortem tells a different story from what the officers have told them.

"The preliminary results of the post-mortem are consistent with the version that this man was dragged and possibly assaulted."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the officers involved to be suspended while the investigation continues.

The party's Kate Lorimer said she was shocked when acting Gauteng Police Commissioner Phumzo Gela told her the officers had not yet been suspended.

"I then said I hope he would be looking at the footage soon and they will then suspend the police involved. He replied 'we don't suspend for the sake of suspension'."

Meanwhile, Northern Cape police are investigating a murder case after a Springbok police reservist shot and killed his two children before turning the gun on himself.

The 49-year-old reservist who was on duty on Thursday morning, allegedly contacted the Springbok police station, to inform them that he shot his children.

When his colleagues arrived at the scene the officer had shot himself as well.

The police's Donald Mdluli says, "The police went to his place of residence where they found the reservist lying down with the pistol next to him. He was declared dead on the scene and the two children were also declared dead."