A video posted on Instagram by the family of an American man who died in a rolling stone accident in South Africa has sparked outrage over what it says is the “shocking” lack of protection afforded to the public in South African courts.
The video, which has been shared over 4,000 times, shows a man named James, who had been working on a project in the remote village of Mabon, pleading for the help of a nearby rolling stone.
James was wearing a T-shirt that read, “I need help from my stone,” in reference to the stone’s impact on his back.
The video has been viewed over 4.2 million times and garnered over 200,000 likes.
A family friend, who was in the video, told the newspaper he had witnessed James’ death and was “so upset” by what he saw.
“I can’t believe it,” the friend said.
“I can only imagine what it must be like for the man’s family.”
The video comes as South Africa grapples with rising social unrest amid a nationwide campaign against police brutality, which began in December after the killing of Walter Scott by a police officer.
On Friday, a group of about 100 protesters marched from Johannesburg to the capital, Pretoria, demanding a law to guarantee the right to an independent judiciary.
But the protest was met with a heavy police presence, which led to a few arrests, the BBC reported.
One of the protesters, David Thwaites, told Al Jazeera that he had been on the streets for about three weeks and had not seen the police arrest any protesters.
“[I]t was a really calm march.
I was in a very peaceful group, it was just a few hundred people,” he said.
Thwaites said he was not happy about the police, but was not angry, saying the issue was not important to him.
“The fact that they are on the ground, is not an issue for me,” he told Aljazeera.
“It’s not about the stones.
It’s about the man who fell on his head, the fact that he got killed.
That’s all the issues that matter to me.”
A statement from the family said James had suffered “severe injuries” and was in “stable condition”.
The family said they would continue to protest against police misconduct and the “unconstitutional impunity” enjoyed by some officers.
South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world and the country’s President Jacob Zuma has said he would fight for reform of the justice system.
Critics of South Africa’s justice system say the country is often slow to react to allegations of police brutality.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Gardner contributed to this report.