Macia trial to resume in May
The defence team requested a postponement in order to try secure legal funding.
JOHANNESBURG - The family of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia will have to wait a further six months before the nine police officers accused of his murder can go on trial.
The trial of nine Daveyton policemen accused of killing Macia was scheduled to begin yesterday.
But the defence team asked for a postponement so it could have more time to secure private legal funding.
The case was set down for three weeks, but the court heard the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) was no longer assisting the accused because they had already helped fund their bail.
The union said it had no obligation to fund criminal cases, but had made an exception for bail in the matter.
The officers are refusing to make use of legal aid, claiming state lawyers can't be trusted.
The judge has given the accused until May to sort out their financial issues and gave a stern warning not to delay the trial again.
In August, the suspects were granted bail of R5,000 each.
The court found the officers did not pose a threat to society.
As the suspects entered the court room on Monday, some of the accused covered their faces with towels after the media were granted permission to film proceedings.
Speaking through their lawyer, the officers said they did not want to apply for legal aid.
Several uniformed officers attended yesterday's court proceedings in support of their colleagues.
Macia was handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged down a street in Daveyton on Gauteng's East Rand on 26 February.
He was confronted by police for allegedly blocking traffic with his taxi.
The incident was captured on video resulting in international outrage and placing police brutality in the spotlight.
Macia came to South Africa in 1996.
He is survived by his wife and child and was also the legal guardian of his late brother's three children.
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