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African News Agency
25 Aug 2015 15:14
A file photograph of the policeman which were convicted on Tuesday of killing Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia. (AFP)
The family of murdered Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia, vowed on Tuesday that they would never forgive the eight former police officers
convicted of murdering the immigrant.
“As a family, we are not doing well.
We lost a very good person who
was taking care of us.
“We want money. We want to take care of the children. My brother was
the breadwinner. He paid for school fees and other things. We are going
to need money.”
She said she hoped the court slapped the former policemen with
lengthy sentences, saying she would prefer “never to see the
accused outside again”.
Melita said Mido’s young children were constantly asking about their father.
Earlier, Judge Bam convicted former Daveyton police officers
Bongamusa Mdluli, Meshack Malele, Thamsanqa Ngema, Percy Mnisi, Sipho
Ngobeni, Lungisa Gwababa, Bongani Kolisi and Linda Sololo of the
February 2013 murder.
“The accused must rise now. Accused from number one to eight, you are
convicted of murder. You may sit down again,” Bam ruled after reading
out his analysis of the lengthy evidence presented during the trial.
“The accused, [are] from now on, in custody.”
The eight had been on bail during the trial. Sentencing procedures will begin on September 22.
Macia was approached by members of the police during February 2013,
after he illegally parked his taxi and caused a traffic jam. An
altercation between him and the police ensued. The officers arrested him
and tried to place him in the back of a police van.
According to the accused, one of Macia’s handcuffs became entangled
to the leg of a bench in the back of the van when he fell out of the
van. They claimed he was dragged along the streets in Daveyton to the
local police station by mistake.
However, the state argued that the accused were well aware of the fact he was being dragged behind the van.
Macia was later found dead in the Daveyton police station’s holding cells, half naked and bleeding.
The incident, which was captured on a cellphone video and widely
distributed via social media, made international headlines and sparked
several protests against police brutality. - African News Agency
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