Mido Macia trial: Sentencing postponed to November

The court heard that the probation officers are apparently not done with their work

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

JOHANNESBURG - Sentencing proceedings in the trial of eight former police officers convicted of killing Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia has been postponed to 11 November.

Macia was found dead in a holding cell on the East Rand in February 2013 after being dragged through the streets of Daveyton behind a police van.

The court heard that probation officers are apparently not done with their work and the defence's pre-sentence report have not been completed.

Social workers and probation officers are still interviewing the eight men and their families so that the defence can recommend appropriate sentences.

This process has to be completed so that the judge can decide whether the former policemen should be sentenced to life.

The report will include factors such as the men's characters, whether they are first time offenders, if they have young children and if they are bread winners.

The state also has to compile its own sentencing report which involves interviewing Macia's family and how his death has affected their lives.

Last month, the defence confirmed that it will be appealing the guilty verdicts handed down to eight former police officers in the High Court in Pretoria.

Defence attorney Benny Ndaba said they will launch their appeal after the sentencing.

"My instructions are to lodge an appeal against the conviction and that can only be done after the sentencing proceedings have been finalised."

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