Anser Mahmood, who was assaulted with his close friend Muhammad Fayaaz Kazi in Magaliesburg last week, is seen at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday, 13 August 2012. Two men, accused of assaulting them, appeared without a public audience. The men, charged with murder and assault, will remain in custody. The matter was postponed until August 21. The men had made fun of Kazi's beard and insulted him when he confronted them, and a fight ensued. Kazi died in hospital of his injuries on Tuesday. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Johannesburg -Reports that two policemen stood by when a Muslim man was attacked in Magaliesburg last week should be investigated, the DA said on Monday.

The party would write to the Independent Police Investigation Directorate (IPID), asking it to conduct the probe, DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said.

“The IPID must investigate the conduct of these SAPS members and provide answers to the community as to why these police officers did nothing,” she said in a statement.

“The simple answer that they were off-duty is not good enough.”

Muhammad Fayaaz Kazi and his friend Anser Mahmood were at a Chicken Licken outlet in the town last Monday when they were attacked by two men.

Kazi apparently confronted them for insulting him about his beard. A fight broke out. Kazi died in hospital on Tuesday.

Rapport newspaper reported that two police officers were at the scene when Kazi was attacked, but refused to help as they were off duty.

Kohler Barnard said the two officers should have arrested the men on the spot.

“This is not conduct befitting those who are supposed to protect us and keep us safe,” she said. - Sapa