Macia cops case delayed for further investigation

2013-04-12 11:41

The case against nine policemen accused of killing taxi driver Mido Macia was postponed in the Benoni Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrate Sam Makamu postponed the case to May 24, for further investigation.

Another reason for the postponement was for the National Prosecuting Authority to decide whether to hold the trial in the High Court or the regional court.

Makamu denied the men bail on March 12, saying it was not in the interests of justice.

Macia was filmed being tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton on February 26. He was found dead in the local police station’s holding cells several hours later.

The accused are Thamsanqa Ncema (35), Linda Sololo (56), Meshack Malele (45), Motome Walter Ramatlou (37), Percy Mnisi (26), Bongumusa Mdluli (25), Sipho Ngobeni (30), Lungisa Ewababa (31) and Bongani Kolisi (27).

Jose Nascimento, spokesperson for the family and the Mozambican government, said Macia’s family was doing well.

“The family is obviously grieving the loss of their family member. They want justice to be done.”

He said the postponement was anticipated. “The feeling is that the process of the law has to be followed.”

Nascimento said a compensation claim against the police ministry was still at a preparatory stage.

“I have no intention of suing the South African government unless it becomes necessary,” he said, adding that if an amicable settlement could be reached, such legal action would not be needed.

“It makes all the sense in the world if we can reach a settlement.”

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