Pliers needed to get Macia's handcuffs off

2015-08-25 11:26
Mido Macia. (File, AP)

Mido Macia. (File, AP)

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Pretoria - The handcuffs around minibus taxi driver Mido Macia’s wrists were so tight that pliers had to be used to turn the key, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

After the handcuffs were removed, the commander of the Daveyton police station left Macia in the cells, returning later to find him dead, Judge Bert Bam told the court.

He was summarising the evidence ahead of passing judgment in the trial of eight former police officers accused of assaulting and killing Macia on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

"There was a pool of blood under his head. He did nothing to help the deceased because he did not know what to do at the time," Bam read from his judgment.


Macia became involved in a scuffle with the officers at the Daveyton taxi rank when they asked him to move his taxi, as it was blocking traffic. He became aggressive and insulted the officers when asked to move and grabbed one officer's gun.

He resisted arrest and was carried to the back of the police bakkie, handcuffed to the back of it, and driven off, being dragged behind it.

As Bam summarised the evidence of the pathologist who conducted the post mortem on Macia, a woman in the public gallery bowed her head and cried quietly, sniffing back her tears. A woman in a white hat next to her stroked her back.

The woman in the hat shook her head as Bam read that white marks were found on Macia’s tongue, and blood in his urine.

The eight officers sat in a row in the dock, keeping their heads down most of the time, while eight television cameras filmed proceedings.

'Directed violence'

Bam said the pathologist testified that the court had not been told the full version of what had happened to Macia.

He had suffered more "directed violence" than the officers had indicated in their testimony.

"The injuries to the deceased’s testicles could only have been caused by direct violence, like a kick," Bam read.

He died from extensive soft tissue injuries and hypoxia (lack of oxygen).

Bam then began summarising the evidence of each of the eight officers.

Meshack Malele, 46, Thamsamqa Mgema, 35, Percy Jonathan Mnisi, 26, Bongamusa Mdluli, 25, Sipho Sydwell Ngobeni, 30, Lungisa Gwababa, 31, Bongani Kolisi, 27 and Linda Sololo, 56, have all pleaded not guilty.

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