Taxi driver Macia’s family still not compensated

FILE PICTURE: People protest court, during bail application of Policemen accused of the death of Daveyton Taxi driver Mido Macia after he was dragged behind a police van. Picture: Ayi Leshabane

The family of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia, who died after being dragged behind a police van, are disappointed that they have not seen a cent in compensation despite top South African officials condemning the incident.

The family’s attorney Jose Nascimento said the police were defending the R6.5 million claim instituted for compensation by Macia’s parents, his wife and five-year-old son.

“The family is disappointed with what has been happening with the case.

“For one, the event took place almost two and a half years ago and they have not received one cent in compensation.

“The South African leadership has apologised and has condemned the event as being reprehensible, but the family feels that’s rhetoric, that in practicality the rhetoric hasn’t been matched by action.

“What confused the father of the deceased, Jossefa Macia, is that when he came to South African there was a lady brigadier from the police who spent almost two days trying to open an account for him, which to his understanding was to be used for the receipt of monies.

“He says he hasn’t received any money notwithstanding the involvement of the brigadier.

“Furthermore, eight policemen have been discharged from duty, so he doesn’t understand why, if you look at the cumulative effect, (the family) has not received one cent.

“He (the father) is also very upset because the criminal case is only starting two and a half years later.

“Oscar Pistorius, whose crime was committed in the same month, has already served his sentence and is from what we can gather about to be released, while Macia’s case has still not started.

“But we cannot compare one case to the other because the facts, evidence and circumstances are different,” he added.

The trial of nine Daveyton policemen accused of murdering Macia was yesterday postponed to today for negotiations between the state and defence to curtail the proceedings.

Judge Bert Bam made it clear that he would not permit the live recording of the evidence of any witnesses.

The nine were arrested after a cellphone recording of the handcuffed Macia being dragged behind a police van through the streets of Daveyton went viral, causing an international outcry.

Macia was found dead in a holding cell at the Daveyton police station hours later. He had died from a lack of oxygen.



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