South Africa 30.7.2015 12:10 pm

Cop testifying in Macia murder trial ‘feared for his life’

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

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

A police officer testifying against nine former Daveyton police officers accused of murdering Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia, has told the High Court in Pretoria that he feared for his life when he gave evidence in an internal SA Police Service hearing.

On Thursday, Warrant Officer Mpumzi Ngamlana was cross-examined by defence attorney Marius van Wyngaardt who represents the police officers accused of murdering Macia.

“I was fearing for my life and the allegations that would be made against me. That would not put me in a good standing. I only included the assault of the deceased in my sixth statement but my intention was to reveal those details only in court,” Ngamlana testified.

Wyngaardt questioned Ngamlana over his allegations that the Mozambican was slapped with open hands inside the Daveyton police station. Ngamlana has also alleged that one of the nine, Constable Bongamusa Mdluli, raised a plastic chair, intending to hit Macia.

“I took the chair from Constable Mdluli and I reprimanded him,” Ngamlana told the court.

Nine former police officers – Mdluli, Meshack Malele, Thamsanqa Ngema, Percy Mnisi, Sipho Ngobeni, Lungisa Gwababa, Bongani Kolisi, Linda Sololo and Matome Ramatlou – were in court on Thursday, facing murder charges relating to Macia’s death.

They are all out on bail. All have been dismissed from the SAPS following the internal disciplinary hearing.

Macia was found dead in the Ekurhuleni police station’s holding cells after the altercation with cops on February 26 in 2013.

Ngamlana, with 29 years policing experience, was in charge of the cells section of the Daveyton police station when Macia was brought in before 7pm.

He had been arrested following an altercation with police officers who confronted him regarding a traffic violation. Macia was dragged behind a marked police van as he was taken to the Daveyton police station with his hands in handcuffs.

On Wednesday Ngamlana testified that Macia was crying throughout the ordeal.

“They [the police officers accused of murdering Macia] came in carrying him with their hands. His legs were burnt and dragging on the floor,” Ngamla said through an interpreter.

The trial continues.

 

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