Sentencing in Mido Macia trial to begin today

Macia was found dead in a holding cell at the Daveyton police station in February 2013.

FILE: Screengrab of eight former police officers on trial for Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia’s murder.

JOHANNESBURG - The sentencing proceedings in the trial of eight former police officers convicted of killing Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia are expected to begin in the High Court in Pretoria this morning.

Macia was found dead in a holding cell at the Daveyton police station in February 2013.

He was dragged behind a police van.

A murder conviction carries a possible life sentence with Judge Bert Bam expected to decide this week how long the men will remain behind bars.

Last month, the policemen were found guilty of killing Macia with the judge rejecting their testimony saying he was satisfied that the state had been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The defence says it will apply for leave to appeal the judgment as soon as sentencing has concluded

Macia's family say they have confidence that the judge will hand down the sentence the group deserves.

The family say the convictions handed down to the eight former officers are a major relief and show them that South Africa's criminal justice system does work.

Family representative Jose Nascimento says the family does not want to pre-empt the sentencing but believe Judge Bam will be fair.

"He has shown to be a very experienced and confident judge so we leave it all entirely in his hands. We have confidence in the judge."

WATCH: Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia tied and dragged behind a police van.


Last month, the judge found all eight former officers foresaw that dragging the Mozambican man behind a police van would result in serious injury and possibly death.

Defence attorney Benny Ndaba asked Bam to extend the former officer's bail but Bam said he wasn't prepared to do this.

During the trial, all eight men said they had no knowledge of how Macia ended up hooked to the back of a police van and later dragged through a street.

But throughout his judgment Bam said he is rejects this and is satisfied that the state has been able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that all members of this group were all fully aware of the dragging.

The judge also said the state was able to prove there was an altercation in the holding cell.

"The rest of the injuries could have only been sustained at the cells where the deceased was assaulted and that several of the injuries were caused by direct violence."

WATCH: Judge finds inconsistencies in defence's version

Meanwhile, the Macia family is continuing with its civil claim against the police minister seeking compensation of R6.5 million.

Talks between the two parties are ongoing with a family representative motivating why the family should be paid this amount.