SA memorial for Davetyon taxi driver

2013-03-06 12:25
The father (centre) and other family members of Daveyton minibus taxi driver Mido Macia leave the Benoni Magistrate's Court after the case of the eight police officers accused of his murder was postponed. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

The father (centre) and other family members of Daveyton minibus taxi driver Mido Macia leave the Benoni Magistrate's Court after the case of the eight police officers accused of his murder was postponed. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Daveyton - Friends and family of a Mozambican man who died in custody after being dragged behind a police van will hold a memorial service for him on Wednesday.

Mourners are expected to gather at the sports stadium in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg, where 27-year-old Mido Macia died on Tuesday last week.

The Mozambican minibus taxi driver was filmed being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged hundreds of metres to a local police station.

Just over two hours later he was found dead in his cell.

A post-mortem found he died from head injuries and internal bleeding.

Shockwaves

Footage of the incident spread quickly online and sent shockwaves throughout the country, shining a spotlight yet again on the conduct of South Africa's much maligned police force.

The bail hearing for the eight police officers charged with his murder will start on Friday.

Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela's wife and also widow of Mozambique's liberation hero and first president Samora Machel, was expected at Macia's memorial.

Mozambique's ambassador Fernando Fazenda will also attend.

South African authorities pledged to help repatriate Macia's body to neighbouring Mozambique.

He will be buried outside the capital Maputo on Saturday, according to Mozambican media.

Read more on:    mido macia  |  graca machel  |  johannesburg  |  mozambique  |  police brutality

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