Macia cops to re-apply for bail

2013-07-16 16:01

Johannesburg - New evidence has prompted the nine police officers implicated in the death of Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia to re-apply for bail.

The officers appeared in the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, when their bail application was set for 30 July.

The court heard that alternative addresses for the accused had to be verified before the newly-found evidence was presented.

Speaking to journalists outside the court, defence attorney Patrick Sithole said he was confident about the new evidence.

He said the policemen were frustrated because they had spent months behind bars following the death of the Mozambican taxi driver.

Sithole represents one of the accused, while Benny Ndaba represents the others.

Prosecutor December Nthimunye said the delay in the case could be blamed on the defence attorneys, whom he accused of dragging their feet.

He argued that the addresses should have been verified before proceedings.

The court was packed to capacity by the officers' relatives.

The policemen, who were all well-dressed, walked into the courtroom and started looking for their relatives while they made their way into the dock.

One of them joked with two female relatives sitting on the bench directly behind him before proceedings began.

Another gave a thumbs up sign to a group of men in the gallery.

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. 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.

  • Sbu07 - 2013-07-16 16:08

    jokes and thumbs up hey? bail should be given, macias family still grieves whilst you are still ale to joke and be merry.

      Petrus Smit - 2013-07-17 06:39

      For future reference, when the police tells you to go down, go down. When they arrest you, go with them and phone your lawyer. If you think you can outfight a policeman with 5 - 20 years experience, you are too dumb to deserve a trial.

  • Asanda Mbangi - 2013-07-16 16:18

    "Policeman frustrated because they spent months in jail"?should we feel sorry for them after the horrific incident?atleast they eat and sleep on a bed what about the poor man that's dead??where is he's justice???

  • Mpho L Mashegoane - 2013-07-16 16:41

    Funny that i personally know the guy wearing a black suit on the video,but fire burn police-man killer no excuse.

  • Maluta Hector Musundwa - 2013-07-16 16:47

    I am declaring war against corrupt and cruel police officers. It is right time whereby as citizens have to discipline our police force. They beat u for not stopping at red robots,instead of arresting u. I hate those called berets.

  • Glen Joseph - 2013-07-16 17:01

    Macia turner or what????

  • Paul Macpherson - 2013-07-16 18:30

    No man deserves to be pulled behind a moving police vehicle - NO BAIL TO MACIA Murderers !!!

  • James Ilukena - 2013-07-16 19:53

    You government will set you free today but GOD will ask you only one question why did you take his soul away from earth, what will your answer be mr officer. And to the judge why didn't you give justice to the soul which was crying for justice.

  • John Tex - 2013-07-17 11:15

    They were good cops let them out

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