Macia trial to inspect van

2015-08-07 15:48
The nine accused of killing Mico Macia. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

The nine accused of killing Mico Macia. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

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Pretoria - The High Court will next week hold an inspection of a police van similar to the one used to drag Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia through the Daveyton streets hours before his death.

Judge Bert Bam requested a similar vehicle be made available for inspection. He request came while the State was cross-examining one of the accused, Bongamusa Mdluli, about how he had managed to get Macia back into the van after he was dragged for 200m through the Daveyton streets.

Eight former policemen are on trial in the High Court in Pretoria for Macia's murder.

He died in a cell at the Daveyton police station hours after being dragged behind a police van. Videos filmed by bystanders went viral.

Mdluli, alongside Meshack Malele, Thamsanqa Ngema, Percy Mnisi, Sipho Ngobeni, Lungisa Gwababa, Bongani Kolisi and Linda Sololo have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In his evidence, Ngobeni denied Macia was deliberately handcuffed to the inside of the van before he was dragged.

He also denied he and the others had further assaulted the already injured Macia at the Daveyton police cells, causing his death.

Ngobeni was among the policemen called for backup while Malele and Ngema were trying to arrest Macia for blocking the traffic with his taxi.

When he arrived at the Daveyton taxi rank, he saw Gwababa and Ngema pulling Macia, who was resisting arrest, while a crowd of onlookers were making a noise.

"I took out the handcuffs and went nearer. I reached for the arm of this man being held by the others and handcuffed him on his left arm.

"I realised the other part of the handcuff was to the side of the left arm. At that time we were using force to put him in the police vehicle.

"Gwababa handcuffed him with his handcuffs, which worked properly. Mine did not cuff properly.

"We picked him up to place him inside the van. That man was fierce. It was not easy. He was managing to go down while we were holding him. It took us a lot of time to place him in the police vehicle, but at the end we did manage.

"The community members were making so much noise. They wanted to know what the man had done, why he was being arrested.

"Some community members said you will never arrest that person. That man was kicking trying to get out," he said.

Ngobeni used handcuffs to demonstrate on himself how he had cuffed one of Macia's arms. He later used a chair placed on the witness stand to demonstrate how the cuff opened when banged against the leg of the chair and then automatically closed around the leg.

Answering questions from Judge Bam, he said he realised Macia was hooked to the van, but did not go back to unhook him and did not think it was dangerous as the van was not moving. He thought the others had put him back into the van when he saw it moving.

The trial continues on August 12.

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