Mido Macia's alleged killers fired

Eight police officers have been dismissed for their involvement in Mido Macia's death.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Almost a year and a half after Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia was killed, allegedly by police, the eight officers implicated in his death have finally been fired.

Macia died in a police cell after being dragged behind a police van in Daveyton on the East Rand.

The incident was captured on video and went viral, resulting in international outrage.

Police spokesman Solomon Makgale says the officers were dismissed earlier this week after a disciplinary hearing.

"We followed a very thorough internal disciplinary process. We believe that process was fair."

He says the men face a number of charges.

"They lied, they also failed to provide information about the incident."

The police also found that Macia's arrest was not warranted.

The eight men are expected back in court in February 2015.

The South African Police Service says the dismissals should send a stern warning to other officers who break the law.