Mido Macia trial delayed again

The state is expected to submit an application to postpone the matter.

FILE: A screenshot of the video in which Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia is dragged behind a police van in Daveyton, later dying in a cell, February 2013. Picture: Daily Sun/YouTube.

JOHANNESBURG - The much anticipated trial into the killing of Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia looks set to face another delay this morning, with a postponement application from the state.

The 29-year-old died in police cells in Daveyton after being handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged through the township streets in February last year.

The incident was caught on camera and went viral around the world, prompting the arrest of nine policemen.

Eight of the officers have since been dismissed and are out on bail, while the ninth officer is still working.

All the accused are yet to stand trial.

Their lawyer Benny Ndaba says the trial was supposed to start today, but he's since been made aware of the application.

"The judge requested that a written application be submitted to the court. We are opposing this application."

In August, the lawyer representing Macia's family asked for a meeting with Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to settle compensation for the matter.

The family's lawyer, Jose Nascimento, said the family needed the compensation money to survive.