Court date postponed for 'dragging' cops

Protesters outside the Benoni Magistrate’s Court on 3 March 2013, where 8 policemen failed to appear in connection with taxi driver Mido Macia’s death. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

DAVEYTON - The appearance of eight policemen arrested for the murder of taxi driver Mido Macia was on Monday postponed in the Benoni Magistrate's Court.

Macia’s father, Joseph, was in court and said he was not happy about the decision to postpone the matter.

They did not appear today as they still need to take part in an identity parade on Thursday.

Meanwhile, protestors picketed outside the courtroom, shouting slogans such as “no bail for killer cops.”

The eight men will appear on Friday, where the state will decide whether the bail application will be a schedule five or six offence.

Macia was allegedly arrested for parking his vehicle on the wrong side of a Daveyton street last Tuesday, and was dragged behind a police vehicle for a few hundred meters while handcuffed to a bench inside the van.

The 27-year-old taxi driver was found dead at the Daveyton Police Station's cells hours after the officers were captured on mobile video assaulting and dragging him.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said post mortem results showed Macia sustained head injuries and internal bleeding.

Meanwhile, the Gauteng government on Friday promised to take care of the Mozambique national's son.

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s office said the Mozambican-born child (7) will be taken care of for the rest of the year, regardless of whether he returned to his home-country or not.

The eight policemen charged for the crime will remain behind bars.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)