South African Policemen Convicted of Murder

Credit to Bob Adams (Flickr)

Credit to Bob Adams (Flickr)

A judge in Pretoria has sentenced eight police officers to 15 years in prison for the murder of taxi driver Mido Macia.

The Mozambican taxi driver was killed in February 2013, after being tied to the back of a police van by his arms before being driven around the streets of East Johannesburg. Police originally pulled over Mr Macia after he was said to have parked his vehicle illegally, and after a brief struggle they then proceeded to tie him to their van. He was found in a pool of his own blood in a cell.

The men sentenced were aged between 25 and 56, and their lawyer has said that they will appeal against the murder conviction. When sentencing the men, Judge Bert Bam is said to have labelled the killings “barbaric”, however he recognized that the killings were not intentional.

Police brutality continues to be a problem throughout South Africa, with this incident following the Marikana killings of 2012, which saw police shoot dead 34 miners.

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