Mido Macia: New evidence prompts cops to reapply for bail

2013-07-16 14:23

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New evidence has prompted the nine police officers implicated in the death of Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia to reapply for bail.

The officers appeared in the Benoni Magistrates’ Court today, when their bail application was set for July 30.

The court heard that alternative addresses for the accused had to be verified before the new evidence was presented.

Speaking to journalists outside the court, defence attorney Patrick Sithole said he was confident about the new evidence.

He said the policemen were frustrated because they had spent months behind bars following the death of the Mozambican taxi driver.

Sithole represents one of the accused, while Benny Ndaba represents the others.

Prosecutor December Nthimunye said the delay in the case could be blamed on the defence attorneys, whom he accused of dragging their feet.

He argued that the addresses should have been verified before proceedings.

The court was packed to capacity by the officers’ relatives. The policemen, who were all well-dressed, walked into the courtroom and started looking for their relatives while they made their way into the dock.

One of them joked with two female relatives sitting on the bench directly behind him before proceedings began. Another gave a thumbs up sign to a group of men in the gallery.

Macia was filmed being tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton on February 26. Police had confronted him because his taxi was apparently blocking traffic. A scuffle ensued. 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).

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.