'IPID should not bungle brutality case'

Sonke Gender Justice has urged IPID not to bungle the alleged police brutality case in the Free State.

Police closely monitor tensions in Marikana in the North West Province on 14 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Rights group Sonke Gender Justice on Sunday urged the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to thoroughly probe the attack of a woman by an off-duty officer in the Free State.

The organisation said IPID should ensure the man who was captured on CCTV camera assaulting a woman answers to his alleged crime.

Officer Ernest Maratshane is seen punching the woman and kicking her in full view of two uniformed policemen.

The organisation's Mbuyiselo Botha said Maratshane should face the full might of the law.

"We hope that they have done a detailed investigation so that we do not have a repeat of the Tatane case."

Recently, seven police officers were acquitted of Andries Tatane's murder in Ficksburg.

Tatane was assaulted during a service delivery protest allegedly by police officers.

However, a court found that the state's case was not strong enough to convict the officers as they were wearing masks at the time of the attacks.

In another incident, taxi driver Mido Macio died after he was dragged behind a police van in Daveyton.

The incident was caught on camera and it went viral throughout the country.