Court live feed application denied

2013-03-12 13:28

Johannesburg - The bail hearing of nine police officers accused of killing Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia was delayed by a defence application on Tuesday.

Lawyers for the accused asked the court to put an end to the live feed of proceedings to another court room.

They argued that the overflow room, to accommodate media, family members and other interested parties, needed to be shut down because people following the proceedings got upset.

This apparently led to attempts to intimidate the defence lawyers outside the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Prosecutor December Mthimunye argued the overflow room was in the interest of transparency.

Mthimunye said the State was "not unsympathetic", but that the "few rotten apples" who caused the disturbance had been identified.

Magistrate Sam Makamu ruled the live feed to the overflow room be allowed to continue.
"I find it difficult to believe there is a link between the overflow room and what happened yesterday [Monday]," Makamu said.

The bail application of the nine policemen resumed at around 10:30.

Footage given to Daily Sun

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.

Macia was filmed being tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton on 26 February.

An eyewitness gave the footage to the Daily Sun newspaper. Macia was found dead in the local police station's holding cells several hours later.

On Monday, the court heard Macia was in an accident several days before his death.

"A few days before his death he was involved in a car accident with schoolchildren," defence lawyer Lokhimbar Dikatope said.

"Five of them [the children] died as a result. A case of culpable homicide was opened against him."

On Monday it also emerged, in the State's affidavit by the investigating officer, that two of the policemen had cases pending. Ncema's matter was being dealt with internally.

Sololo is facing a charge of defeating the ends of justice and is currently out on bail for that case.

On Monday, Mthimunye told the court that an autopsy found Macia had suffered extensive internal and external injuries, and had died from oxygen deprivation, a condition known as hypoxia.

  • Miandra van Zyl - 2013-03-12 13:43

    Seems most of our criminals you can find in the police force. How can we respect the police after this?

      Henry Smata - 2013-03-12 15:29

      I thnk this thing of minister Nathi Mthethwa and comisioner Phiyega protecting them wen they comit a crime, makes them feel like being above the law.

      de.stig.9 - 2013-03-12 17:21

      This taxi driver killed 5 innocent children 2 days before and he had the guts to get behind the wheel 2 days after the accident with no remorse to the parents, I’ll would have done the same if he killed my child

  • rodney.bevan.58 - 2013-03-12 14:03

    Incredible! One cop was arrested and is out on bail following charges of defeating the ends of justice and he is allowed back to work?? Surely suspension pending the outcome would have been the sensible thing to do? Yeah, never mind, I answered my own question.

      Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-03-12 14:11

      my thoughts exactly and just how many others are in the same situation and are you saying to me those who are back on duty wont think they are untouchable???? *messed up system*

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2013-03-12 15:06

      Ramon, simply because the original charges against Botha were dropped, there was no case to answer. As soon as the case was reopened, they dropped him from the OP case and hopefully he was suspended at the same time. My point is simply that any police officer who has a case pending should be suspended until the hearing/courtcase.

  • frank.reidrobertson - 2013-03-12 14:07

    He was illegally in the country?

      Gloworm - 2013-03-12 14:15

      Frank, so its ok that the cops killed him cause he was here illegally?

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2013-03-12 14:18

      And your point is....?

      Tuco Angeleyes - 2013-03-12 15:33

      What does his legal status got to do with him being dragged? does it make it okay for the police to kill illegal immigrants? stupid question you asked, even you got to admit.

  • Ras Thami M - 2013-03-12 14:20

    Why waist more tax-payers money, I personal think all this bail hearing should take two days or less ...

      odupreez - 2013-03-12 15:04

      Why so long, for something that should not take more than minutes.

  • Gloworm - 2013-03-12 14:20

    SO news 24 what was so wrong with my comment that you felt you had to delete it?

      Wendy Buchan Du Plessis - 2013-03-12 14:37

      Don't worry. Mine wasn't even printed! Seems they are selective about what they find print worthy or not. So much about freedom of speech.

  • givenvon.baloyi - 2013-03-12 14:25

    This taxi drive killed school children prior to his death. Karma is a (B)witch.

  • Sim Mind - 2013-03-12 14:48

    so frank illigal immigrants are supposed to be dgagged behind the van?small mind frank.

  • Sthembile Koma - 2013-03-12 18:09

    whats next

  • Sthembile Koma - 2013-03-12 18:11

    they must rot in jail

  • Sthembile Koma - 2013-03-12 18:14

    crazy people , crazy police. what is wrong with the world. maybe it is the end

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