Mido Macia family to motivate R6.5m settlement amount

Legal motivations are now being compiled in the civil case.

All the accused are escorted into holding cells after being found guilty for the murder of Mido Macia. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Legal motivations are now being compiled in the civil case involving the family of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia regarding a proposed settlement amount of R6.5 million in compensation.

Eight former police officers were found guilty in the North Gauteng High Court earlier this week of killing the Mozambican taxi driver.

Macia was found dead in a holding cell at the Daveyton Police Station on the East Rand after being dragged behind a police van in February 2013.

His family filed a civil claim against the Police Minister in December last year.

The police ministry is still negotiating with the Macia family regarding how much should be given to them in compensation.

The state attorney has asked the family's legal team to explain why they qualify for the requested amount.

The family's legal representative Jose Nascimento said he's confident he can provide motivation for the sum.

"Very good news, it's positive but basically confirming that only amount is in dispute, which is fair."

The police's Solomon Makgale said there is a process that has to be followed in such cases and this has been explained to the family.

"We'd like to get a sense as to how they arrived at the figure that they had put on the table."

Meanwhile, the defence for the eight former police officers have confirmed they will apply for leave to appeal against the convictions.

'WE WILL NEVER FORGIVE MACIA'S KILLER'

Macia's family said they will never forgive the eight former police officers.

After witnessing the cops being convicted of killing her brother, Macia's sister Melita said she and the rest of her family will finally find peace.

"I think this conviction will finally bring us peace as a family. We'll be able to move to the next stage of our mourning and try to forget that he's no more."

As Judge Bert Bam delivered his judgment, he reflected on a post-mortem report detailing the injuries Macia sustained.

Melita said this was heartbreaking.

"It was painful to hear how my brother was killed. He was a peaceful person and never fought with people. To hear the details of how he died was heart breaking for me."

The former policemen spent their first night behind bars on Tuesday night after being out on bail for the duration of the trial.

What really happened to Macia? _ Click here_ for the full story on how the Mozambican taxi driver died.

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