Mido Macia was found dead in the police holding cells after being tied to the back of a police van and dragged through the streets of Daveyton. (SABC)
The trial of nine Daveyton policemen accused of murdering Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia was postponed by the Delmas Circuit Court on Monday.
Prosecutor Hitler Thenga said the trial would resume on May 26 and was scheduled to continue until June.
He was disappointed that it did not proceed as planned on Monday. "From our side, we are ready. We were ready to take it off the ground today. We were just disappointed that they had not sorted out their legal representation and that led to the postponement," he said.
Thamsanqa Ncema, Linda Sololo, Meshack Malele, Motome Walter Ramatlou, Percy Mnisi, Bongumusa Mdluli, Sipho Ngobeni, Lungisa Ewababa and Bongani Kolisi are out on bail.
According to the indictment, 32 witnesses are expected to testify in their trial. In February, a video showing Macia being tied to the back of a police van and dragged through the streets of Daveyton went viral and caused public outrage.
Police alleged they had a confrontation with Macia when he refused to move his taxi, which was obstructing traffic. Macia was found dead in the police holding cells several hours later. He was wearing his underwear and socks.
His trousers were later found in another part of the police station. A post mortem found that he died of a lack of oxygen. Witnesses reported that he had wounds to the head. The police have denied playing any part in Macia's death and have claimed he was alive when he was put in the cell.