South African cops jailed for murder

JOHANNESBURG - A judge has sentenced eight South African policemen to 15 years in prison for the murder of a Mozambican taxi driver.

Mido Macia was killed in 2013 when officers tied him to the back of a police van by his arms before driving off.

He was found in a pool of blood in police custody.

Judge Bert Bam called the killing "barbaric" but acknowledged that it was not premeditated.

Sentencing the men, aged between 25 and 56, Mr Bam said: "The continuous conduct of the accused concerning the injuries on the deceased was barbaric and totally inexplicable.

"What made their conduct more reprehensible was their cowardly attack in the cell on a defenceless and already seriously injured man."

A lawyer for the former officers said they would appeal against the murder conviction.

Police pulled over 27-year-old Mr Macia in February 2013 after he allegedly parked a vehicle illegally in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.

Following a struggle, they overpowered the driver before handcuffing him to the back of a vehicle.

He was later assaulted in his cell and died from head injuries and internal bleeding.

The incident was filmed by a bystander and caused outrage among rights groups.

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hanifar - 13 November 2015

unfair for tthe south african police famelies these people come here and think they can do what they want

qiniso. - 25 November 2015

Uneducated and unhuman Qiniso, does it mean anyone who comes to South Africa is entitled to any form of harrasment and killings because they are not South Africans? Do you even know the crime he committed? Parking a car wrongfully which warrants a ticket or either a warning but you kill. They deserve to rot in jail and hell too. What is so special about you? With your Rand sliding to an endless pit, you will feel the heat and I bet you, Qiniso please dont go outside SA coz with your barbaric behaviour we dont need people like you in our society and our Africa. Sis man

Xolani - 29 November 2015

Qiniso blood is thicker than water, did you watch the video? You must watch it first, otherwise your statement is bitter pill to swallow, i think you are possesed with devil spirit or you are a satanist, there is something wrong with your brains. The judge who presided the was suppose to send them for life or death.

basviiri - 9 December 2015

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