Ninth cop arrested in Macia's murder case

Another policeman has been arrested in connection with the death of a Mozambican taxi driver.

Graça Michel speaks to some of Mido Macia's friends and family members during his memorial service on 6 March 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A ninth police officer has been arrested in connection with the murder of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia.

The news comes as eight policemen appear in the Benoni Magistrates Court for a bail application.

They were arrested last week after Macia's death in police custody made international headlines.

He was dragged down a street in Daveyton on the East Rand while handcuffed to the back of a police van apparently for parking his vehicle on the wrong side of the road.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) confirmed a ninth policeman has been arrested.

The directorate's Moses Dlamini says the man put himself on sick leave after the incident but was told to come back at the Daveyton Police Station on Friday morning where officers took him into custody.

Dlamini says the man will appear with the other eight accused in the Benoni Magistrates Court later.

Meanwhile, the bail application of eight policemen will be heard as a schedule five offense.

State prosecutor December Mthimunye says there has been an agreement that the bail application be held as a schedule five offence.

This means it is up to the accused to argue why they should be granted bail.

Mthimunye also says the state will be opposing bail by means of an affidavit but a witness can be called if necessary.

The court has briefly adjourned while the media prefers to make an application for a live broadcast during the bail hearing.

Macia's family is sitting at the back row of the gallery and are trying to get a glimpse of the officers.

Earlier this week, the Gauteng government and taxi associations held a memorial service for the 27-year-old.

Taxi bosses used the service to highlight their grievances against the police.

They said they were treated as outcasts by the South African Police Service (SAPS).