Macia family to claim from SAPS

2013-03-10 21:27

Johannesburg - The family of Mido Macia, who died in custody after being dragged behind a police van at Daveyton, intends instituting a civil claim against Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, lawyers said on Sunday. 

A witness filmed the incident.

"Jurgens Bekker Attorneys have been instructed by the Macia family to represent them, to advise them and to institute civil proceedings against the minister of police for the unlawful death of Emidio Macia," attorney Andrew Boernar said.

They had not yet filed court papers.

"We still have to consult with the family and calculate how much damage has been incurred."

Boernar said they would attempt to recover their fee not from the family, but from the police ministry.

A post mortem revealed that Macia had died of head and internal injuries and nine policemen have been arrested for his murder.

Macia was buried in Mozambique on Saturday.

  • Mthoko Calvin KaSompisi - 2013-03-10 21:42

    Lol ill do the same, the Marikana victims should have done the same, but poor black Safricans have no idea how to defend their rights, well the mozambiquens will show them, this Reeya pinyega woman must GO!

  • Retha Ingel Marais - 2013-03-10 21:44

    Lock them all up and throw away the keys

  • werner.nel.712 - 2013-03-10 22:01

    More tax money down the drain....

      Sasha D - 2013-03-11 08:32

      The police should be sued for wasteful expenditure

      marion.wannenberg - 2013-03-11 09:52

      I would rather my tax money go to this mans family than into some politicians pocket. Sue the sh*t out of them I say!!

  • Anza Lahli - 2013-03-10 22:16

    i think nomvula should the one paying bcs she advised the macia family to sue

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-11 09:11

      A family lost its breadwinner in an unnecessary and brutal fashion, Anza. Do you really think they shouldn't sue?

  • Pluto'crat Sogo - 2013-03-10 22:43

    Poor Mido Macia died because our SA incompetent polices, one would ask what were they thinking to perform such tragedy to a human kind.

      Sello Dipongo Seshoka - 2013-03-11 09:04


  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-03-10 22:45

    Good Move.

      Xoli Mbambo - 2013-03-11 04:32

      Good our tax money is going to be used to pay for man who does'nt respect law.

      peggy.lotter.1 - 2013-03-12 20:35

      And for a man who caused the death of 5 children ! I am amazed by the cheek of the family. Will they be willing to pay out 5 times the money they receive as compensation? Beeld carries the story of him being up for culpable homocide.

  • nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-10 23:11

    you dont have to publish this....we dont want to know....people will start to mess up with the police so that be killed and their family will claim big bugs and get rich

      Tyrone Van Der Merwe - 2013-03-11 08:27

      and we will be fitting that bill through our tax moneys

      Keitumetse Molepo - 2013-03-11 13:18

      so people will intentionally get themselves killed just so that their families can get money??? That makes no sense whatsoever

  • Adam Moloi - 2013-03-10 23:41

    Why has news24 not enabled comments on the oscar story??????????? Suicide is the most honourable thing oscar could do if he wasn't such a coward! Why is news24 taking pity on a cold blooded murderer?

      Bon Bon - 2013-03-11 07:01

      Mmmnn I'm feeling dejavu. A repeat case of Shiren Dewanilts coming on for old Oscar. By the way News 24. Heard about freedom of speech? You report on it often enough yet don't allow your own readers to comment on stories. Did the Oscar team threaten or pay you to close comments on Oscar stories?

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-11 09:10

      Adam, they disabled comments on the story because there was NO sympathetic comments coming through for Oscar. News24 moderators are on the extreme right, which is why they routinely remove comments tha do not fit in with their divisive agenda. There is never any good news on News24; only bad, alarmist negative articles about Mzansi

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-11 09:10

      Adam, they disabled comments on the story because there was NO sympathetic comments coming through for Oscar. News24 moderators are on the extreme right, which is why they routinely remove comments tha do not fit in with their divisive agenda. There is never any good news on News24; only bad, alarmist negative articles about Mzansi

  • Adam Moloi - 2013-03-10 23:44

    Its s obvious that oscar s cries are of guilt and the fear of jail where he needs to go and rot!!!! Oscar With these mudererous cops must burn in prison hell!

      Joanita Esterhuyse - 2013-03-11 10:40

      Adam dont you think it is also up to God to decide the outcome of these people? Who are we to judge, we have no right. We have a right to opinion for sure but in the end there is a higher power involved. And maybe 'innocent until proven guilty'for Oscar and the "murderous cops" can be in order.

      tsepo.mdlalose - 2013-03-11 14:59

      So now that you can't go and troll there you come and troll here?

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-03-11 00:19

    Sue them for what ,now they have lawyers out of the blue ,he was just a taxi driver, what cost? did the state not bury many South Africas were either left paralysed or dead due to police brutality and negligence...even in Maputo, the wife must get macia insurance polices or go drive his taxi...

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-11 09:13

      He was "just a taxi driver"? He was someone's son, father, brother. Sis, Mbuso, for your lack of humanity.

  • Thinus Van Rensburg - 2013-03-11 00:29

    No surprise here as anyone who has ever witnessed a road accident in Mozambique could tell you. They will let the body lie in the street so that other cars can run over it while they start insisting on compensation. There are many RSA visitors to Mozambique who can tell you stories like this. I worked there for two years and saw it numerous times. Issue is that it is a poor country and children are future carers and sources of income for their parents so when a child is lost the parents put their material needs above all - refer to Macia's mothers comments over the weekend

      Joanita Esterhuyse - 2013-03-11 10:45

      Hi Thinus, I agree, I have seen this and still do everyday since we are living in Pemba, North Mozambique. This is not an unusual thing to happen, most of these people support a family of more than 10 people and a average salary in Mozambique is a third of minimum wage in South Africa. These people go out their way to support their family financially and when one life is lost to a family it is a huge catastrophe!!!!

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-03-11 01:57

    At last! People who are willing to challenege this govt....

  • Scott Shepherd - 2013-03-11 03:44

    I'm apalled at the behaviour of some individuals in our police force. Sadly our police are just as corrupt and unlawful as criminals. I as a South African have no trust and belief in this SAPS. I'm proudly but yet an ashamed South African... Reality is - this will never change until someone high up there eradicts the filth that is spread thru out our police system.

      Tyrone Van Der Merwe - 2013-03-11 08:31

      Well seemingly that wont happen, as the people up there are leading by example. Their flock is just doing as taught to them by the shepard

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-03-11 04:57

    Adam, it is because of people like you who think they know everything. Just look at this comment of yours. People like you should not even walk the streets. No wonder our country is in the state it is in with all the hatred going on. Are you proud of your comment? If you are then you better start praying for mercy on your soul. O

  • S'fungo Ngozi - 2013-03-11 06:08

    I send my support da Macia family ayikho lento yenziwa zimember of saps

  • Kevin Kramer - 2013-03-11 06:22

    And who will foot the bill for the ANC cadres...? The taxpayer...

  • Gary Guy - 2013-03-11 06:28

    One less taxi driver ...yay!

      marion.wannenberg - 2013-03-11 09:55

      He was someone's son Gary!!

      Joanita Esterhuyse - 2013-03-11 10:47

      You insensitive man!!! Clearly you have no idea what if feels like to have lost of member of your family?

  • MrsZwane - 2013-03-11 07:07

    I just want to know if the taxi driver had work permit or stayed legally for that matter. Our police messed up but I refuse to have my tax money to be used to pay them. That family must be drunk!!!! Taxi drivers lack respect for other road users & don't contribute to the economy.

      Siboniso Mathenjwa - 2013-03-11 08:27

      one day u will realise how painfull to loose ur loved one,,u ll be the poor south african,u dont know the police,ask me

      Zolile Davashe - 2013-03-11 08:58

      @ MrsZwane u r on point we can't be wasting our precious time and tax payers money on illegal foreigner who refused 2 comply to S.A laws There's a lot of pressing issues that we must priorities than this anyway our south African brothers die 2 what's the fuss if 1 none south African dies. I bet where his from they wouldn't make a big issue

      junior.mahlo.9 - 2013-03-11 09:00

      Dump as always shut the f*k-up, u grew up using taxis and now that u own a car u think they are not important. more than 70% of black South Africans are use taxis to go to work. if u think transportation does not play a role in the economy then you are an imbecile

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-11 09:17

      MrsZwane - I would like to refuse to have my tax money paying for Lulu's furniture and for the Free State's exhorbitant website and for Nkandla. Good luck with your refusal. By the way, if Mido Macia WAS here illegally, do you think it was okay to kill him?

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-03-11 07:30

    gov. cover-ups, conspiracy, police bagging/tubing people, people dying in custody under suspicious circumstances. Geez, things have really "changed" over the last 20years.

  • Paledi Mokoena Drift - 2013-03-11 07:50

    How long will the SAPS continue to disappoint us?

  • Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-03-11 08:13

    Good way to go, seeing that the Minister spend million in erecting his wall i just wonder if he will afford to pay them - ill rather donate my tax money to them than to see the minister's wall going higher and higher

  • Sello Dipongo Seshoka - 2013-03-11 08:43

    I think there is nothing to be claimed from SAPS by macia's familysometimes we must know that suspects resists arrest

      Joanita Esterhuyse - 2013-03-11 10:51

      Fair enough, suspects do resist arrest at times but does that give the SAPS the right to kill someone for that?

      peggy.lotter.1 - 2013-03-12 20:30

      Agree no money for the family. This taxidriver was responsible for the death of 5 children! It is in todays Beeld. So rather give the money to the family of the 5 children

  • Louise-Roger Higham - 2013-03-11 08:44

    This is a tragic story but Mozambique has the same stories with foreigners, only difference they don't get the publicity consequently the world doesn't hear them. A friend of ours was arrested on false pretenses and eventually after years in jail he became so ill they released him and he died shortly thereafter. His wife is still trying to retreive the hotel they bought. Each time she starts action she is told don't make waves there are big guns unvolved. I can quote many more examples. If a local has a problem with you, your word, witnesses etc mean nothing.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-11 09:18

      What's your point? That because Mozambique is dodgy we should be also?

      Joanita Esterhuyse - 2013-03-11 10:53

      I life in Pemba Mozambique and you are so right with your comment, I see these things happening everyday, we as foreigners dont have a lot of rights here. Allthough we come and work here, open businesses and employ local people, we will always be outsiders.

  • Raymond Kotze - 2013-03-11 10:15

    That guy was not even legally in SA, come on SA government get these illegal immigrants of our streets. The police are tired of cleaning up after you, look how far you have pushed them, they are also gatvol of not been able to do there job properly

  • Mvuzo Soko - 2013-03-11 10:39

    Guys you are missing the point. Legal or not that's neither here nor there. The fact that a human being has been deprived of his life in the hands of police. The police should be sued their ass off because of their negligence and incompetence. To you Mrs Zwane taxi drivers indirectly pay taxes by transporting your government employees, call centre operators etc They transport 75% of this country's population.

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-11 10:58

    The SAPS has failed miserably keeping violance at bay and have turned into a "MURDER SQUAD" - The whole world watched this horrific video - THE ANC IS NOT CAPABLE OF RUNNING THIS COUNTRY

  • Matthew - 2013-03-11 14:35

    They might as well sue South Africa,considering not a single cent will be paid from those police involved.Tax payers. So they move to SA and make a small fortune off their sons death. Very sad that it happened,yes.but in the bigger picture,at least these thug policemen are turning their attention to where it could be better used.... the taxi thugs.

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