Case against Macia cops postponed

2013-04-12 12:01
Policemen allegedly involved in the death of Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia appear in the Benoni Magistrate's Court. (Picture: Sapa)

Policemen allegedly involved in the death of Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia appear in the Benoni Magistrate's Court. (Picture: Sapa)

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Police brutality case postponed

2013-04-12 12:58

The case against the police officers accused of killing a Mozambican man by dragging him behind a police van has been postponed to May 24. Watch.WATCH

Benoni - The case against nine policemen accused of killing minibus taxi driver Mido Macia was postponed in the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Magistrate Sam Makamu postponed the case to 24 May 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 12 March, 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 26 February. 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.

Family doing well

Spokesperson for the family and for the Mozambican government, Jose Nascimento, 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."

He 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 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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