Mido Macia case: Defence prepares to appeal convictions

8 ex-cops convicted of Mido Macia’s murder were yesterday sentenced to 15 years each in prison.

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 defence in the Mido Macia murder trial will spend the next few weeks preparing its appeal against the convictions handed to eight former police officers found guilty of killing the Mozambican taxi driver.

The officers were each handed 15-year jail terms in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Macia was dragged behind a police van in Daveyton in 2013 and was later found dead in a holding cell.

Both the state and the defence have agreed that the sentences are fair, however, lawyers for the former officers say they will continue their application for leave to appeal against the group's conviction.

Defence attorney Benny Ndaba says they're hoping to have their application completed by the end of this year.

"We'll probably proceed with that before the end of this year."

State prosecutor Charles Mnisi says they're ready to meet the defence lawyers in the highest court in the land.

But legal expert Zola Majavu says he doesn't see the defence being successful in its appeal.

"I fail to see that based on the facts But another court may come to a different finding."

Majavu says he also doesn't think Judge Bert Bam will grant leave to appeal.

IPID VINDICATED BY SENTENCING

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) says it feels vindicated by the sentencing of the eight former police officers.

The police watchdog has had its hands full in the past few years, investigating high profile cases including the Macia case.

It's also apprehended 10 policemen for the alleged assault and torture of an Ivory Park man and four Krugersdorp officers caught on CCTV footage, shooting a suspected robber.

Ipid has been criticised for its handling of the so called 'Krugersdorp Four', with police unions and members of the public saying the officers were simply doing their jobs and shouldn't have been arrested.

But Ipid's Robbie Raburabu says officers should uphold the law.

"We're very much elated by the judgment. I think as a department we've been vindicated. We've been accused of a lot of things."

Three of the Krugersdorp Four are expected back in the dock on Friday as their bail application continues.