Dragging victim 'found in pool of blood'

2013-03-11 14:43
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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Benoni - A Mozambican immigrant was found in a pool of blood after he was handcuffed and dragged behind a police van and brought to a cell bleeding and crying, in the latest scandal to dog the country's police force, a court heard on Monday.

Minibus taxi driver Mido Macia was brutally abused before and after his arrest two weeks ago, prosecutor December Mthimunye said at a bail hearing for nine policemen charged with his murder.

"The deceased died of internal injuries that demonstrate the degree of violence inflicted," said Mthimunye, reading a police watchdog investigator's affidavit.

Bystanders on 26 February filmed Macia being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of the van and dragged hundreds of metres on the streets of Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.

Extensive injuries

Just over two hours later he was found dead in his cell, with extensive injuries, including cuts and bleeding on the brain.

Investigators ordered two autopsies after the diplomatic embarrassment over the incident.

Internal police investigator Mandla Mahlangu later "saw him lying and bleeding in his cell”.

He had blood "even in his heart", Mthimunye said, quoting the post-mortem report. "And this happened in the police station."

Macia was already injured when he arrived at the station, contrary to police claims, he said.

"He was crying and bleeding and he already had some open head wounds," he said, adding: "When he was booked into his cell he was not wearing any trousers."

Didn't call ambulance

The accused officers "flouted operational procedures" by not even calling an ambulance, Mthimunye added.

On Friday the nine policemen told the hearing at the Benoni Magistrate's Court they were not guilty.

They said Macia, a minibus taxi driver, had assaulted a policeman, while resisting arrest after being confronted for parking his taxi on the wrong side of the road.

The police van driver claimed he drove away to escape the angry crowd that had gathered, and did not know Macia was being dragged behind.

None of the accused explained how the Mozambican ended up cuffed to the van or dead in his cell.

Footage of the incident went viral and sent shock waves across the world, a spotlight yet again on the conduct of South Africa's much maligned police force.

The Macia family plans to sue the police ministry for damages, their lawyers said on Sunday.

Around 2 000 people attended Macia's funeral in his hometown Matola in southern Mozambique on Saturday.

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