8 ex-cops get 15 years each for killing Mido Macia

The eight police officers convicted of killing the Mozambican taxi driver will each face a 15-year jail term.

Eight former cops say goodbye to their families after being sentenced to 15 years each on 11 November 2015 for killing Mido Macia. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The eight ex-police officers convicted of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia's murder have each been sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

Macia was dragged behind a police van on the streets on Daveyton on the East Rand in February 2013.

He was later found dead in a holding cell.

#BREAKING All eight former police officers convicted for killing #MidoMacia have been sentenced to 15 year each behind bars. MR

#MaciaTrial the convicted 8 say goodbye to their families as they are escorted back to the holding cells. MR pic.twitter.com/8b1TeqRAFi

The defence earlier conceded that their actions were wrong, but maintained the Mozambican taxi driver was also not completely innocent.

The defence began by presenting its mitigating factors this morning, with attorney Marius van Wyngaardt saying a life sentence would be disproportional because the former officers did not intentionally Macia.

Van Wyngaardt agreed that their acts on that day in February 2013 were wrong, but said Macia should have listened to the officers instead of provoking them.

Judge Bert Bam, however, told van Wyngaardt that the convicted murderers did not show any remorse during their trial, as this could have counted in their favour - stressing that there's a difference between remorse and regret.

'SENTENCE IS FAIR'

Both the defence and the State have agreed the 15-year jail terms handed down are fair.

While handing down sentence in the packed courtroom, Bam described the actions of the eight convicted murderers as barbaric and unacceptable.

During aggravation of sentence argument, the State agreed that a life sentence would be disproportionate to the crime, but that all former officers must be given a jail term that would restore public confidence in the justice system.

The defence's Benny Ndaba says they accept today's decision.

As Bam handed down the sentence, family members of the former policemen shook their heads and gasped.

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