Man-dragging policemen due in court

Eight policemen are expected to appear in court for murder, after they dragged a man behind a car.

Eight policemen are expected to appear in court for murder on 4 March 2013, after they dragged a man behind a marked police van. The taxi driver died hours later. Picture: Daily Sun

JOHANNESBURG - Eight policemen are expected to appear in the Daveyton Magistrate's Court on Monday, to answer to murder charges after the assault and death of a taxi driver while in custody.

Mido Macia was on Tuesday assaulted by officers and dragged behind a marked police van in full view of the community in Daveyton on Gauteng's East Rand.

The Mozambican national later died later in a holding cell at the local police station.

While they have been calls for Macia's alleged attackers to be denied bail, the Police Ministry has conceded the incident has tarnished its image, although they maintain it is not a reflection of how most of their members conduct themselves while on the job.

The Mozambican taxi driver's ordeal was captured on cellphone video that showed him being dragged behind a police van while handcuffed to a bench inside.

It appears that was a reaction by police, after Macia allegedly took the gun of one of the policemen who approached him for parking illegally on Empilweni Street.

It seems he was overpowered and then punished for his actions.

Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, who was part of a delegation that visited Macia's family in Daveyton yesterday, backed calls for a commission of inquiry to be established to look into police brutality.

"It gets important in times like this that a full inquiry gets launched so that we can get to the bottom of this."

He said a memorial service for the slain 27-year-old will be held in Daveyton on Wednesday.

Both President Jacob Zuma and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega have condemned the behaviour of the officers, and government has since pledged to financially assist Macia's family with burial costs and help place his 7-year-old child in a no-fee school with a nutrition programme.