Murder of Mido Macia

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On 26 February 2013, Mido Macia, a 27-year old Mozambican immigrant, was murdered by eight police officers in the custody of the South African Police Service.[1][2] He was dragged by a police vehicle in the township of Daveyton in Gauteng, South Africa, a few hours earlier. A crowd witnessed the dragging incident, one of whom filmed it. Police said Macia had caused a traffic jam and then resisted arrest. On 25 August 2015, eight former police officers were found guilty of Macia's murder in the North Gauteng High Court.[3]

Murder of Mido Macia
Macia handcuffed to the back of the police van before being murdered
LocationDaveyton, Gauteng, South Africa
Date26 February 2013 (2013-02-26)
Attack type
Police killing, murder by dragging
Deaths1 (Emidio Josias "Mido" Macia)
  • Meschack Malele
  • Thamsanqa Ngema
  • Percy Mnisi
  • Bongumusa Mdluli
  • Sipho Ngobeni
  • Lungisa Gwababa
  • Bongane Kolisi
  • Linda Sololo
VerdictAll found guilty
Sentence15 years in prison


Mido Macia
Bornc. 1985
Matola, Mozambique
Died26 February 2013(2013-02-26) (aged 27)
Daveyton, Gauteng, South Africa
Cause of deathMurder by dragging
Resting placeTexlom Cemetery, Matola, Mozambique[1]
OccupationTaxi driver
Spouse(s)Beuda Macia[1]
Parent(s)Jossefa and Joaneta Macia[4]

Emidio Josias "Mido" Macia (c. 1985 – 26 February 2013) was a Mozambican immigrant and taxi driver who was murdered in the custody of the South African Police Service. Mido Macia spent the first ten years of his life in Matola, Mozambique.[5] He came to South Africa seventeen years before his death.[6] He had a wife and child and was also the legal guardian of his late brother's three children. He was described by the chair of the Benoni Taxi Association as "a very humble guy".[7]


According to the police, Macia had parked illegally, causing a traffic jam, and then resisted arrest. A preliminary post-mortem report released by South Africa's Independent Police Investigative Directorate indicated that Macia had died in police detention with head injuries and internal bleeding.[8] He had been dragged behind a police van, after having been handcuffed to its rear, for about 500 metres.[6]

The eight police officers involved were suspended on 28 February and arrested the following day on suspicion of murder. They were remanded on 12 March.

Originally scheduled for court Monday, 4 March 2013, the defendants did not appear, and court was cleared. The hearing was rescheduled pending an identity parade.[9] On 12 March, they were all denied bail, partly for their own protection. At this hearing, it was suggested by the prosecution that Macia had died from being beaten once inside the police station.[10]

On 25 August 2015, all eight former police officers were found guilty of murder in the North Gauteng High Court.[3] They were each sentenced to 15 years in prison.[11]

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  1. ^ a b c Kabizokwakhe, Mzwandile; Muchave, Antonio (11 March 2013). "Farewell Mido Macia". Sunday World. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  2. ^ Dlamini, Moses (4 March 2013). "IPID arrests 8 cops in connection with death of Mido Macia". Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b Hawker, Dianne (25 August 2015). "All 8 Daveyton officers convicted for the murder of Mido Macia". eNCA. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ Hosken, Graeme (11 March 2013). "They have killed us inside". Times LIVE. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  5. ^ Mapumulo, Zinhle (10 March 2013). "Mido Macia goes home". City Press. South Africa. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b "S.Africa community mourns dragged 'Mido'". AFP. 1 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Eight South African police arrested over death of man dragged behind van". The Guardian. 1 March 2013.
  8. ^ "South African policemen arrested, to face murder charges". Reuters. 1 March 2013.
  9. ^ "South Africa police dragging death case postponed". BBC News Africa. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Macia: South Africa police accused denied bail". BBC News. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Daveyton 8 sentenced to 15 years each for Macia killing".