Daveyton, Springs – Eight of the nine Daveyton policemen implicated in the murder of Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, have been fired.
The eight police officers from the Daveyton police station were found guilty on various charges during an internal SAPS disciplinary hearing.
The ninth member, who was charged with the other eight, was acquitted during the disciplinary hearing, after it was found that he was not at the scene.
The police officers were arrested shortly after a video showing Macia, being tied to the back of a police van and dragged through the streets of Daveyton, in February last year, went viral. He later died in police custody – an incident that was condemned from all quarters.
National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, on Thursday said there is no excuse for the conduct of the eight dismissed officers.
She said police members who commit acts of criminality will find themselves outside SAPS.
“We will not tolerate criminality within the police. We want to offer a professional, respectful service,” Phiyega said.
The criminal trial in respect of Marcia’s death is still underway in the Delmas court. The next appearance will be on 16 February 2015.