Posted on Monday, 11 March 2013 14:36

Gruesome details of death of Mozambican driver in SA police custody emerge

Joseph Macia ,(C) father of Mido Macia, a 27-year-old taxi driver from Mozambique who was killed by police, is flanked by relatives as he leaves the Benoni courtroom in east Johannesburg March 4, 2013/Photo©ReutersGruesome details of how a Mozambican national died in police custody was revealed in the bail application of nine police officials implicated in the death of the Daveyton taxi driver.


Mido Macia's death sent shock waves throughout South Africa and the world when video footage of how he was dragged at the back of a police van was leaked to the media.

Macia was allegedly tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton on Johannesburg's East Rand on February 26.

The group of policemen were charged with the murder of Macia and they began their bail bid  at the Benoni Magistrate's Court.

On Monday, it was revealed that according to the autopsy Macia had died from lack of oxygen.

Prosecutor December Mthimunye said the post mortem found Macia had extensive internal and external injuries, and had died as a result of hypoxia.

Mthimunye added that the autopsy also found lacerations at the back of Macia's head, on his scalp and jaw. He had abrasions on his lips, forehead, cheeks, nose, legs, arms, and back.

Macia also had "extensive hemorrhaging in his right lung and in the tissue surrounding his heart and there were also bruises on the deceased genitals."

He was found in the holding cell at the Daveyton police station, in a pool of blood, without any pants.

An affidavit by one of the accused was read in court last week.

In it, the police officer said he had been assaulted by Macia shortly after they ordered him to remove his taxi which had been obstructing the road.

The officer claimed Macia grabbed a fellow officer's gun and pointed it at them but later handed it back.

After calling for back-up, he claimed they took Macia to the local police station.

He said he was surprised to later be told that Macia had died as he never complained of any injuries when they arrived at the police station.

The State said it had a "watertight case" against the nine police officers implicated in Macia's death. The case continues. The policemen pleaded not guilty.

National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Riah Phiyega, said the eight officers had been suspended and disarmed.

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