No intention to injure or kill - Macia cop

2015-08-06 14:33
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 - He had no intention of injuring or killing Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia, one of the policemen accused of his murder testified in the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Former Daveyton constable, Thamsanqa Ngema, was drilled by the prosecution about his role in Macia's death, but reiterated his evidence that he had tried to save Macia by lifting one of his legs when he realised the taxi driver was being dragged behind a police van.

He and another accused, who lifted the other leg, had to let go when the van started moving too fast.

Ngema said he shouted at the driver of the van, Lungisa Gwababa, to stop but the police vehicle kept moving.

Asked by Judge Bert Bam if he did anything else to stop the driver, Ngema said he was confused because the community had interfered too much.

Ngema and former policemen Meshack Malele, Percy Jonathan Mnisi, Bongamusa Mdluli, Sipho Sydwell Ngobeni, Lungisa Gwababa, Bongani Kolisi and Linda Sololo have pleaded not guilty to murdering Macia.

Ngema conceded he knew Macia had been injured while he was dragged behind the van.

He also admitted seeing Macia was not fully dressed when he was sitting in his cell and that there was blood on the wall behind him, but said it was not his task to get medical help for the prisoner as his supervisor had already made arrangements to phone for an ambulance.

"My supervisor did everything in his power to get medical attention for the deceased," he said.

Did not want to 'bother' Macia

Asked why he did not speak to Macia in the cells to ask how he was, he said he did not want to "bother" the detainee and thought it might make his condition worse.

He could not deny that Macia may have sustained further injuries in the cell, but denied that he had continued to attack Macia after he was in custody at the police station.

Ngema repeated his evidence that Macia had been aggressive, attacked Malele and took his firearm after being asked to move his taxi because he was obstructing traffic.

He said he had to fire a warning shot, which frightened Macia into giving back the firearm, but Macia later became aggressive again when he did not want to take a bribe and refused to give back Macia's license.

The prosecution put it to him that he was lying about the alleged attack on Malele and that it did not make sense that a man would attack two armed policemen and then, having been frightened by a shot, become aggressive again.

It was also put to him that he and his co-accused had intentionally dragged and injured Macia, to which he said, "Even God know it's not right. I did not have any intention to drag or injure him."

The trial continues.

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