South African judge jails eight police for Mido Macia's 'barbaric' murder
November 12, 2015, 22:40:06 CET | Wikinews

File photo depicting an officer on patrol in Cape Town. (Image: Shi Zhao.)
Judge Bert Bam rejected the 25-year maximum sentence, citing a lack of premeditation and the otherwise good records of the officers involved. Judge Bam said he could not be more lenient owing to a lack of remorse.

Officers confronted Macia, whose illegally parked taxi was obstructing traffic in Daveyton, near Johannesburg. Macia remonstrated; an angry crowd formed. Police responded by binding the cuffed Macia to their van and dragging him through the streets. Video footage of this sparked worldwide media attention, but the assault continued out of public view in a holding cell where Macia was beaten.

Macia succumbed to head trauma and internal bleeding. His attackers were detained when the footage emerged; President Jacob Zuma called the film "horrific, disturbing and unacceptable".

The sentence, which follows an August conviction, was welcomed by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate which says over 900 die annually either in police custody or from police action. Prosecutors and Macia's family were also welcoming; the prosecution hope the sentence has a deterrent effect although the family had hoped for stiffer punishment.

The defence has indicated an appeal is likely. The convicted officers are Meshack Malele, Thamsanqa Ngema, Percy Mnisi, Bongamusa Mdluli, Sipho Ngobeni, Lungisa Gwababa, Bongani Kolisi, and Linda Sololo.

Macia had left his girlfriend Biuda Mazive, their young son Sergio, and other family including his parents in Mozambique. He headed to South Africa to join around five million immigrant workers and support his relatives, who are suing the South African government. They seek 6.5 million rand. The government say they intend to pay but are negotiating the value.

Source: Wikinews
Share this article:
share article on facebook share article on twitter share article on google+ share article on tumblr share article on blogger share article on reddit

Send us your articles and web-novels!
comments powered by Disqus
Most popular


Recently Viewed:


South African judge jails eight police for Mido Maci...

Judge Bert Bam rejected the 25-year maximum sentence, citing a lack of premeditation and the...


FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinals: Umtiti scores only g...

Friday, July 13, 2018  2018 FIFA World Cup More from 2018 FIFA World Cup 13 July 2018:...


Petition calls for Trump UK ban

A petition reached over 300,000 signatures today urging Donald Trump, considered the front r...


Gunman kills Burundi environment minister Emmanuel N...

A gunman shot Burundi environment minister Emmanuel Niyonkuru dead early on Sunday, local ti...


Spanish authorities arrest Yuriy Kolobov, former Ukr...

Yuriy Kolobov, the former finance minister of Ukraine has been arrested in Spain on charges ...

Automotive
Reviews | Technology | Projects & Tuning | Events | Racing
Business & Technology
Business & Economy | Mobile | Internet & Media | Security & Privacy | Gadgets & Tech | Software
Lifestyle
Health, Food & Fitness | Fashion | Gardening | DIY | Homes
Society
Accidents | Crime | Culture | Finance | Politics
Science & Environment
Wildlife | Green | Space
Gaming
Reviews
Society
Accidents | Crime | Culture | Finance | Politics
Travel
MM-iNEWS
Copyright & Privacy | Site Roadmap | Sitemap | Contact
Web Development @ OverHertz Ltd
Ω