The bail application of nine men implicated in the death of a Daveyton taxi driver was postponed in the Benoni Magistrate's Court today. Magistrate Sam Makamu said the matter would resume on Monday.
One of the police officers implicated in the death told the court earlier in the day he was assaulted by the taxi driver before his arrest.
Speaking through an affidavit read in court by his legal representative, police officer Thamsanqa Ncema alleged that the 27-year-old Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia, was blocking the road with his taxi on February 26. "I asked him to move and he insulted me and told me I am a useless cop," Ncema said.
Ncema claimed Macia grabbed a fellow officer's gun and pointed it at them. He later handed it back and Warrant Officer Meshack Malele, went to call for backup.
Macia was allegedly tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton on February 26. Macia was found dead in the local police station's holding cells several hours later. An eyewitness filmed the assault. A post mortem revealed he died of head and internal injuries. Macia will be buried tomorrow.