Mido Macia’s family feel ‘justice was served’

None of Macia’s family members were present during sentencing today.

FILE: Graça Michel speaks to some of Mido Macia's friends and family members during his memorial service on 6 March 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Mido Macia's family say they feel justice has finally been served after the High Court in Pretoria sentenced eight former officers to 15 years each behind bars for his murder.

The Mozambican taxi driver was dragged behind a police van in Daveyton on the East Rand in February 2013.

He was later found dead in a holding cell.

None of Macia's family members were present during sentencing today.

Their family representative, Jose Nascimento, says they've all moved back to Mozambique.

Nascimento says Macia's father was in South Africa about two weeks ago to give his statement to probation officers and social workers in preparation for today's sentencing.

He says they are relieved by the 15-year sentences handed to Macia's killers.

"Justice was done. I think it's indicative that our institutions and its constitutions are functioning and the rule of law is also functioning."

Both the State and the defence agreed the sentences were fair, however, lawyers for the former officers will continue their application for leave to appeal against their conviction.

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