Eight South African policemen convicted of murder

By Editorial Board - 25 August 2015 at 5:40 pm
Former policemen, from left, Meshack Malele, Thamsanqa Ngema, Percy Mnisi, Bongamusa Mdluli, Sipho Ngobeni, Lungisa Gwababa, Bongani Kolisi and Linda Sololo stand in the dock prior to judgment in the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The eight were found guilty for the murder and assault of Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, who died of his injuries after being handcuffed to a police vehicle and dragged along a street in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg in 2013. The eight will be sentenced on September 22. (AP Photo)

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Eight South African policemen have been convicted of murdering a Mozambican taxi driver who they tied behind a police van and dragged along the road leading to his death in 2013.

The judge on the case said that there was no doubt that the police could have predicted that the actions they took would cause the death of the 27-year-old Mido Macia.

A bystander recorded the incident, which caused an enormous amount of disgust at the time of the event. The video which, was originally published by the South African newspaper the Daily Sun, shows Macia being shoved and pulled by police and then handcuffed whilst a crowd gathers to watch. The police then handcuff him to the police van, which pulls off dragging him behind.

The defence was described as “fraught with discrepancies and improbabilities” and the judge agreed with the state that the police officers were “trying to teach the deceased a lesson” because he swore at the arresting officer.

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