SA memorial for Davetyon taxi driver

2013-03-06 12:25

Daveyton - Friends and family of a Mozambican man who died in custody after being dragged behind a police van will hold a memorial service for him on Wednesday.

Mourners are expected to gather at the sports stadium in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg, where 27-year-old Mido Macia died on Tuesday last week.

The Mozambican minibus taxi driver was filmed being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged hundreds of metres to a local police station.

Just over two hours later he was found dead in his cell.

A post-mortem found he died from head injuries and internal bleeding.


Footage of the incident spread quickly online and sent shockwaves throughout the country, shining a spotlight yet again on the conduct of South Africa's much maligned police force.

The bail hearing for the eight police officers charged with his murder will start on Friday.

Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela's wife and also widow of Mozambique's liberation hero and first president Samora Machel, was expected at Macia's memorial.

Mozambique's ambassador Fernando Fazenda will also attend.

South African authorities pledged to help repatriate Macia's body to neighbouring Mozambique.

He will be buried outside the capital Maputo on Saturday, according to Mozambican media.

  • xiburukwani - 2013-03-06 12:45

    How do we kill our own brothers instead of protecting them?

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2013-03-06 12:46

    R.I.P. Young man at least you finally going home to be close to your family again.

  • Nthabiseng Petronella Mohlabi - 2013-03-06 12:56

    Daveyton police are like dis,i know wat am talking about,dat guy dont deserve to die like dis.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-03-06 13:01

    This is very sad,Nigerians and Congoles men roam around SunnySide in Pretoria and Hillbrow with drugs and internet scams messing up SA youth, but are not tortured like this becouse they are friends of the SunnySide and Hillbrow police, but a harmless man to society who was making a living as a taxi driver was was brutally killed,poeple from,Mozabique,Swaziland,Lesotho and Zimbabwe speak the same language as most black South African speak...

      ulandi.potgieter - 2013-03-06 13:10

      I agree there with you and maybe the money he was making he was sending it back home to help support his family.

      Sydney Mkansi - 2013-03-06 13:37

      very bad let see if true justice will work on this police involved

  • elaine.vanjaarsveld.1 - 2013-03-06 13:03

    This was done by the very people who are supposed to protect us, who can we trust in this country if we cannot trust the police?

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-06 13:10

    May his soul rest in peace and hopefully he will stand on the gates of heaven and make sure that those coos have no place!

  • Successful Nhlamulo Mabilane - 2013-03-06 13:11

    what the police did is uncalled and sub-human tendency,the man (deceased) should have been fined instead being tortured and brutalised, like an animal lets pray for the justice to be serve democratically

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  • June Matshiya Webrhole - 2013-03-06 13:36

    May his soul rest in peace.And those who killed him they must be sentenced.#sad#

  • John Smith - 2013-03-06 13:37

    The memorial we want is 8 murder convictions!

  • Juan Retief - 2013-03-06 13:56

    SAPS at it's best!!

  • Bongi Bankumbi - 2013-03-06 14:05

    How on earth!!!Damn these monsters! May His Soul Rest In Peace.

  • Stone Love - 2013-03-06 14:05

    we must expect things like this caz this days 2 be a police officer u must pay tjo tjo not to go on training.

  • Andile Andy Mchunu - 2013-03-06 14:11

    Killing this man was wrong but i wish taxi drivers for once would obey the rules of the roads, RIP to him and all the pedestrians they have killed in our roads as well and my friend who was knocked by a taxi last year.

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-03-06 14:22

    May the Soul of the departed,Mido Macia,rest in peace.

  • lance.hurly - 2013-03-06 14:24

    Please can someone tell me how xenophobia differs from racism?

      John Smith - 2013-03-06 15:10

      Only whites can be racist. BEE, BBBEE, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION!

  • Jenny Ray - 2013-03-06 15:12

    I pray that your soul rests in peace Mr Macia. My thoughts are with the Macia family during this most painful time.

  • Jenny Ray - 2013-03-06 15:20

    To the murderous monsters, I hope you suffer a death even more agonizing than Mr Macia's.

  • Jan Hendrik - 2013-03-06 16:12

    I feel bad for him, the police should obviously be investigated, but 1) Why was he being arrested? 2) Why was he resisting arrest?

  • Theodore Mhlongo - 2013-03-07 18:53

    Etlela hi ku rhula makweru moya wa wena a wu thleleli aka muvumbiwa wa wona, timbilu ta hina ta vava, u fambe hi nga swi langutelanga kambe Hosi muvumbi wa switiva.

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