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'Harsher punishment for suspended cops'

Mido Macia’s friends have called for harsher punishment for officers involved in the dragging incident.

Mido Marcia. Picture: Supplied to Govan Whittles/EWN.

DAVEYTON - Friends and family of a man dragged behind a police van on Friday called for harsher punishment to be handed down to the officers involved.

Mido Macia died in police custody earlier this week.

A video of him being assaulted and dragged behind the van went viral.

Authorities claim he died from head injuries after being attacked in a holding cell.

Officials from the Mozambican embassy visited Macia's Daveyton home on Gauteng's East Rand, along with several community forum leaders.

An attorney speaking for the Mozambican consulate said what happened to Macia was "horrible".

Benoni Taxi Association chairperson Jafta Ndlovu said the suspension of the officers involved was not good enough.

"I just want to see justice served. They can throw away the keys, this is barbaric."

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has described the incident as "horrific and unacceptable".

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane is expected to visit Macia's family later on Friday.

The 27-year-old Mozambican national was arrested for apparently parking his vehicle on the wrong side of the road.

The driver's death has received international media attention.