Dragging victim 'found in pool of blood'

2013-03-11 14:43

Benoni - A Mozambican immigrant was found in a pool of blood after he was handcuffed and dragged behind a police van and brought to a cell bleeding and crying, in the latest scandal to dog the country's police force, a court heard on Monday.

Minibus taxi driver Mido Macia was brutally abused before and after his arrest two weeks ago, prosecutor December Mthimunye said at a bail hearing for nine policemen charged with his murder.

"The deceased died of internal injuries that demonstrate the degree of violence inflicted," said Mthimunye, reading a police watchdog investigator's affidavit.

Bystanders on 26 February filmed Macia being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of the van and dragged hundreds of metres on the streets of Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.

Extensive injuries

Just over two hours later he was found dead in his cell, with extensive injuries, including cuts and bleeding on the brain.

Investigators ordered two autopsies after the diplomatic embarrassment over the incident.

Internal police investigator Mandla Mahlangu later "saw him lying and bleeding in his cell”.

He had blood "even in his heart", Mthimunye said, quoting the post-mortem report. "And this happened in the police station."

Macia was already injured when he arrived at the station, contrary to police claims, he said.

"He was crying and bleeding and he already had some open head wounds," he said, adding: "When he was booked into his cell he was not wearing any trousers."

Didn't call ambulance

The accused officers "flouted operational procedures" by not even calling an ambulance, Mthimunye added.

On Friday the nine policemen told the hearing at the Benoni Magistrate's Court they were not guilty.

They said Macia, a minibus taxi driver, had assaulted a policeman, while resisting arrest after being confronted for parking his taxi on the wrong side of the road.

The police van driver claimed he drove away to escape the angry crowd that had gathered, and did not know Macia was being dragged behind.

None of the accused explained how the Mozambican ended up cuffed to the van or dead in his cell.

Footage of the incident went viral and sent shock waves across the world, a spotlight yet again on the conduct of South Africa's much maligned police force.

The Macia family plans to sue the police ministry for damages, their lawyers said on Sunday.

Around 2 000 people attended Macia's funeral in his hometown Matola in southern Mozambique on Saturday.

  • john.silver.3572846 - 2013-03-11 14:51

    WTF is the minister of police? It is a scandal that his highness is not on all 4s begging this family for forgiveness before handing in his resignation.

      procold2 - 2013-03-11 15:14

      he hasnt collected his quota yet, few moree months and they will find a reson to get rid of him, this is to make space for the new guy to start collecting.

      NickvanGraan - 2013-03-11 15:42

      This makes the much feared and hated Apartheid police look like a bunch of amateurs.

      Dot Svornak - 2013-03-11 16:25

      John,I am born & bred in Pretoria,but lived with my family in Benoni for 24 yrs I am ashamed to admit to that fact.This trash they call a police force, is more suitable to clean the sewers.What bothers me is the fact that no one of the hundreds of bystanders did not come to his aid,instead cheering the trash(cops) on,it was like a bullfight,whitch thankfully is also on the decline.If this is what they do to their own colour what can we expect.

      Dot Svornak - 2013-03-11 16:28

      NickvanGraan.Spot on Apartheid had it's many flaws but brutallity like this was not their forte.

      karen.glautier - 2013-03-11 16:53

      Dot, it is my understanding that the people were shouting at the police, not encouraging them. I believe they reported that the bystanders were shouting at the police 'why are you hitting him?' I only have this from reporting, not because I understood anything from the video

      Jack - 2013-03-11 21:27

      Does anyone know how many Mozambican criminals have murdered, tortured, raped, SA citizens, because they knew nothing would happen to them? Something Graca doesn't worry about, apparently.

  • ohbizz.chabata - 2013-03-11 14:54

    Argggggggh News24 you already reported on this in the morning. The problem is that so much goes wrong in RSA that one ends up reading an article already reported thinking it is a new incident. Now STOP re-reporting stuff!

  • Anton B van Wyk - 2013-03-11 15:01

    Firstly, we need a well TRAINED Police force that has authority to in force the law, that authority must not be misused. People need to learn to respect the law. Secondly, criminals rights should be taken away, when a criminal breaks into a house/car etc he has made the decision to have no rights anymore period. We as victims must have the full right to defend ourselves at any cost. When a criminal is caught he/she can fight it in the courts. Mob justice just shows how barbaric our society still is, time for people to take responsibility for their actions. ANC rules SA as if we a a big tribe with a chief which we are not. Welcome to the 20th century ANC we don't live in huts anymore we live in a democratic society with laws etc. Wake up!!!!!!!

  • Sue-rita Fortuin - 2013-03-11 15:03

    trying to understand where all the anger came from and what feulled it...sad and dissapointed at the same time.

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-03-11 15:20

      Thats not anger... It police with over inflated opinions of their power. Put then in a uniform and the "authority" goes to their heads

      John Smith - 2013-03-11 20:50

      Most cops are thick thug bullies. Why don't you try to talk to one when you see one manhandling one of us, the people? Watch how they steal your camera and threaten to arrest you for 'interfering with a police officer' when you video him!

  • JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-11 15:04

    "He had blood "even in his heart",..." do I miss something here ? Should there not be blood in ones heart ?

      karen.glautier - 2013-03-11 16:09

      heeheehee, sorry butthis made me chuckle. Maybe where there wasn't supposed to be blood! :-)

      Johnny August - 2013-03-11 16:16

      Ever heard of somthing Called !CARDIAC TAMPONADE ? Meaning the accumulation of Fluid ,eg Blood inside the pericardial sac(the outer layer covering ur heart )which is caused by a blunt trauma to ur heart n therefore that's y they just put it simply by saying he had blood in his heart.Therefore too much of blood inside the Pericardial sac will make ur heart not expand adequately to can pump out the amount of blood entering ur heart n ultimately the heart might eventually stop beating

      karen.glautier - 2013-03-11 16:55

      Thanks Johnny, I undestand the concept, but I'm no medical boffin. :-)

      John Smith - 2013-03-11 20:39

      Blood clots man, blood clots block the blood flow, causing death.

  • pete.stoter - 2013-03-11 15:10

    why did he fight off the police?? at least 5 policemen had to try to get him in the van.why???

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-03-11 15:22

      Have you seen the footage Pete? He was hit before they dragged him off - the man was scred. And even if he was fighting "for no reason" does that give them the right to kill him?

      John Smith - 2013-03-11 20:00

      Because unlawful arrest by thick thug cops is assault and one has every right to defend oneself against unlawful assault!

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2013-03-11 15:13

    Disgusting. Daily we have murderers and rapists walking free and this poor man went through all of this for having parked illegally??? How terrifying and painful and humiliating his last hours must have been.

  • mickey.freund - 2013-03-11 15:27

    This is not on. What is our society coming to?

  • Patrick Dinala - 2013-03-11 15:29

    Our police r more brutal than the apartheid police, SIS!!!!

  • Lungiswa Klaas - 2013-03-11 15:31

    these are not policemen, they are murderers

  • Garth Labuschagne - 2013-03-11 15:32

    What else did they expect to find in his heart? Grey matter? This is why we are perceived the way we are abroad, because of non-sensical statements like these

  • andy.beak - 2013-03-11 15:36

    "The pigs have won tonight. Now they can all sleep soundly. And everything is all right." ~ Nine Inch Nails

  • Jamie Lee Meyer - 2013-03-11 15:49

    Belinda, no offense I would also put up a good fight if I was been arrested for parking illegally. So would you. On another matter the family deserves justice and they have probably lost the primary bread winner. Agreed the family can and will make money but no amount of money will bring him back. Look at the bigger picture here. They suddenly have a lawyer and it is the lawyer who is after easy money on the families behalf. The positive thing from this is the police brutality has been highlighted once again. Now we have international pressure to sort it out. I know the police do a semi decent job but no one deserves to be beaten up irrespective of the crime. The cops are just as bad as the criminals when they take matters into their own hands. I personally think you should think before making silly assumptions like you did.

  • Fox Trixter - 2013-03-11 15:50

    sue the police for R50 million. they will negotiate to make it R20 Million and pride themself of saving R30 Million! and they fail to pay, attach the GTIs! they annoy me anyway...

  • Jamie Lee Meyer - 2013-03-11 15:56

    I have very little faith in the police system or even the justice system in SA, only way we get results from such severe situations like this is when the international media notices. Then suddenly the government decides to look pro active. Once you have lived in a first world country and seen how the system works there and how things work like clockwork. But in SA and the rest if Africa you can literally get away with murder! But dare you park illegally or some other insignificant crime you get assualted with force that is not necessary and then they say : "he resisted arrest"

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-03-11 16:11

    no bail,they must remain in jail

  • Philip - 2013-03-11 16:12

    Fire the minister of police NOW!!!

  • Anza Lahli - 2013-03-11 16:28

    the person who took the video should explain what happened before and after the dragging.i really wonder what really happened b4 de incident considering the number of policemen and the public present at the scene. seems as if this took a long time than the video shown

  • Gieljam Gomtor - 2013-03-11 16:58

    Apart from most probably dragging him right into the cell through the bars I think the area into the cells looks much like our roads very rough full of dirt and potholes .

  • Mc Segal - 2013-03-11 17:13

    Sue Sue Sue and that is no a boys name either...

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