Cop accused in NW dragging gets bail

The North West cop that allegedly dragged a man behind a police van has been given bail.

The North West cop that allegedly dragged a man behind a police van has been given bail.

JOHANNESBURG - A North West officer accused of dragging a man in a police van is out on R1000 bail and is expected back at the Mmabatho Magistrates Court in May.

Sergeant Mbali Pheta, who faces an attempted murder charge for the alleged assault on court interpreter Morgan Mohlala, was granted bail on Wednesday.

Phetha has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Moses Dlamini says, "The investigation is ongoing."

Mohlala alleges he had come to the aid of a teenager who was being harassed by Phetha and a colleague when Pheta grabbed him by the neck and dragged him about 100m while driving his police van.

He claims he then fell and Phetha drove over his feet.

The incident followed the killing of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Marcia allegedly at the hands of the police in Daveyton on the East Rand. That incident was caught on camera and it went viral throughout the country.

The accused were denied bail in the Benoni Magistrates Court.

Macia was laid to rest in Mozambique earlier in March.

The incident caused a public outcry throughout the country.

Some have called for a proper training for police.

In August, at least 34 miners were killed during clashes with police in Marikana.

The Farlam Inquiry, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is currently investigating the matter.