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Case against Macia cops postponed

2013-04-12 12:01

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."

Comments
  • johannes.seanego.14 - 2013-04-12 12:27

    Y our justice system dragging such a long time to act or take right decisions on matters like this one? I mean they must speedup this matter

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-04-12 14:54

      Ever thought of the fact the longer these cases can be drawn out the more money the legal guys are making ... especially when the state or big corporates are involved.

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2013-04-12 12:48

    Yes.. look at all the "big boys" hanging their heads low.. They're NOT SO BIG & MEAN as they thought! They're just low-life rubbish that has NO RESPECT for life! The police is falling apart! Piyega & her other rubbish ministers doesn't know how they should do their jobs!

  • Yondela Yondie Yondz Valela - 2013-04-12 12:59

    Postponed inorder for eye witnesses' memory to lapse and be unable to positively point out suspects on identification parade... LOVELY!

  • Monique Naude - 2013-04-12 13:08

    It was caught on camera and went viral on news websites and YouTube. Why postpone the case!!!??? So they can still get salaries, because they are probably only suspended. So our tax payers money can be wasted instead of just sentencing them and hitting ir

      Sivuyile Magesh - 2013-04-19 05:31

      Don't b mistaken brother a video footage is immaterial when it comes to the court proceedings even if it goes viral unless there is a proper evidence tht links suspect to the scene otherwise video alone is inadmissible

      Sivuyile Magesh - 2013-04-19 05:32

      Don't b mistaken brother a video footage is immaterial when it comes to the court proceedings even if it goes viral on the news unless there is a proper evidence tht links suspect to the scene otherwise video alone is inadmissible

  • Monique Naude - 2013-04-12 13:08

    Getting it over with.. Got cut short there.

  • Zwelethemba Ngcobo - 2013-04-12 13:43

    Further investigation? is the video of them dragging him with a car not enough?

  • Ding Bat - 2013-04-12 14:03

    can we not get the 'special 9' to assist with the towing of illegally parked taxi operators here in durban. Then go to court ...please

  • Zakhele Justice Sithole - 2013-04-12 14:26

    People dnt u notice that videos are not always enough evidence,look @ andries Tatane case,video was all over SA but no one was arrested so let's watch and see from the distance

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