7 July 2014

South Africa: Eight Officers Fired for Macia Murder

Parliament — Eight of the nine Daveyton policemen implicated in the murder of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia have been fired, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Thursday.

Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on police, Phiyega said they were dismissed on Wednesday.

"Just yesterday, in terms of our own internal processes, we had dismissed eight members that were involved in the dragging behind the car."

Nine officers -- Thamsanqa Ncema, Linda Sololo, Meshack Malele, Motome Ramatlou, Percy Mnisi, Bongumusa Mdluli, Sipho Ngobeni, Lungisa Ewababa, and Bongani Kolisi, are currently standing trial for the 2013 murder.

They were arrested shortly after a video showing Macia being tied to the back of a police van and dragged through the streets of Daveyton, Gauteng, in February last year went viral.

The accused alleged they had a confrontation with Macia when he refused to move his taxi, which was obstructing traffic. After being dragged he was found dead in the Daveyton police station's holding cells several hours later, wearing only his underwear and socks.

His trousers were found in another part of the police station.

Phiyega assured MPs, who expressed concern about police brutality, that the SA Police Service would not hesitate to act against its members.

"When an action took place here in Cape Town where we saw people beating somebody else, we acted instantly. Those members are not in the service," she said.

Phiyega was referring to two police officers who were filmed kicking a naked Nigerian man in the Cape Town CBD in March.

One of the warrant officers was dismissed, while the other resigned before disciplinary action could be instituted against him. Both men face assault charges in court.

"If anyone does anything that is our outside our prescripts, we shall not hesitate to act," Phiyega said.

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