JOHANNESBURG – The job of the South African police is to fight one of the highest crime rates in the world. Instead, the force stands accused of contributing to it.
On Thursday, the release of a video showing uniformed police binding a taxi driver to the back of a police vehicle and dragging him — the man was later found dead in a police cell — shocked South Africans long accustomed to stories of police misconduct.
Last week a magistrate harshly criticized a police detective for shoddy work when investigating the murder case against Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with killing his girlfriend.
Many South Africans mistrust the very institution that is supposed to protect them.