Rights groups march to SA embassy in Maputo

Marchers protested in the streets of Maputo against the killing of Mido Marcia allegedly by SA policemen.

Mido Macia's memorial service was held at a stadium in Daveyton on 6 March 2013. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Rights groups have marched to the South African embassy in Mozambique's capital Maputo in protest against the killing of taxi driver Mido Macia allegedly at the hands of police.

The rights groups accused South Africa of treating foreigners badly.

The march happened while the 27-year old's family and friends gathered for his funeral in nearby Matola.

Macia died in police custody after being tied to a police van and dragged through the streets of Daveyton last week.

Video footage of the incident went viral sparking worldwide outrage.

A total of nine policemen have been charged with his murder and are spending the weekend behind bars.

Their bail application which was postponed on Friday will resume in the Benoni Magistrates Court on Monday.

Meanwhile, residents of Daveyton have reiterated their demands that his alleged killers be denied bail.

The state on Friday arrested a ninth policeman who appeared in the dock alongside his colleagues.

Besides being charged with murder, he was also accused of attempting to flee to avoid arrest and prosecution.

During their appearance, all of the accused said they intended pleading not guilty to the charge of murdering Macia.

Despite video footage of Marcia being dragged behind a police van, only two of the accused mentioned it in their affidavits.

All of them said they were surprised to learn of Macia's death as he had not complained of any injuries.

Prosecutors will on Monday submit affidavits from witnesses.

The state will oppose bail and said they will call witnesses to the testify if need be.