MAPUTO (MOZAMBIQUE), July 6 Eight South African policemen have been sacked over their role in the death of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia.
On Friday South Africa’s national police commissioner Riah Phiyega stated, “the death of Mido Macia at the hands of these police officers has negatively affected the reputation of the South Africa Police Service. The sanction of dismissal is therefore welcomed and we believe it will send the correct message to other officers’.
Macia died in police custody on Feb 26 last year after being arrested for what the policemen claimed was the inappropriate parking of his car. During his arrest, the police handcuffed Macia to the back of their van, which then drove off, dragging him along the tarred road for about 400 metres. A couple of hours later he died in Daveyton police station of head injuries and internal bleeding.
The incident hit the international headlines because bystanders videoed the victim being dragged along the ground on their mobile phones.
The police investigation into the incident found that the officers had lied, failed to cooperate with the investigation and should never have arrested Macia in the first place.
The eight policemen still face murder charges and are due to appear in court in February next year.