Macia cops' bail bid postponed

2013-07-30 16:14
Mido Macia's aunt Badanisile Ngwenya leaves the Benoni Magistrate's Court following another postponement of the bail bid of nine police officers implicated in the death of the Daveyton taxi driver. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Mido Macia's aunt Badanisile Ngwenya leaves the Benoni Magistrate's Court following another postponement of the bail bid of nine police officers implicated in the death of the Daveyton taxi driver. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Police brutality case postponed

2013-07-16 14:58

The bail application of nine police officers implicated in the death of Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia was postponed by the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - A bail application by nine policemen allegedly implicated in the death of a Daveyton taxi driver was postponed by the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

This was at the request of lawyers for the accused, who said a third member had been added to their team.

The new lawyer, Marius van Wyngaardt, said he needed further consultations with the accused. He joins Patrick Sithole and Benny Ndaba.

The matter was postponed to 13 August.

Some relatives of the policemen murmured in disagreement at the outcome of the proceedings.

New evidence


Earlier, the group of relatives was called out of the court for a brief meeting with the lawyers.

The nine officers were re-applying for bail, after it was denied in March.

Their lawyers claimed to have new evidence which they believed would convince the court to overturn its decision not to grant them bail.

Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia was filmed being tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton on 26 February. Police had confronted him because his taxi was apparently blocking traffic.

A scuffle ensued and he was taken to the local police station, where he was found dead in the holding cells several hours later.

The accused, Thamsanqa Ncema, Linda Sololo, Meshack Malele, Motome Walter Ramatlou, Percy Mnisi, Bongumusa Mdluli, Sipho Ngobeni, Lungisa Ewababa, and Bongani Kolisi were arrested shortly afterwards.

As in previous appearances, they were well-dressed when they entered the courtroom.

The men whispered among themselves as they sat in the dock.

No Macia relatives in court

Court officials had arranged for their families to sit on the bench directly behind them in the gallery.

The relatives huddled into the first bench, and a few took up seats in the second row. The second row had been reserved for Macia's relatives, but none were present in court.

Jose Nascimento, who has a watching brief on behalf of Macia's family and the Mozambican government, and Badanisile Ngwenya were the only recognisable people representing the Macia family.
Macia had rented a room outside Ngwenya's house in Daveyton.

After the proceedings, Ngwenya told reporters Macia's family (in Mozambique) were slowly trying to come to terms with what had happened.

She said she was in no rush to have the case wrapped up.

"I don't want it to be rushed, so justice can be properly served," she said.

Public attention had dwindled since the case first made headlines at the end of February.

At the start of the hearings several months ago, Daveyton residents gathered outside the court building and protested against the officers receiving bail.

In recent weeks, none of the protesters have returned to court. However, family members of the policemen have continued to pack the courtroom.
Read more on:    mido macia  |  johannesburg  |  police brutality

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.