South African police officers back in court over taxi driver's death

Mourners gesture during a memorial service of 27-year-old taxi driver Mido Macia in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters

Nine South African policemen appeared in court on Friday accused of dragging a Mozambican immigrant behind their police van and then brutally beating him to death.

Friday, 8 March, 2013, 7:15pm

South Africa police in court over death of man dragged behind police van

Residents protest the death of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia outside a local police station, in Daveyton, near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday. Photo: AP

Eight South African police officers will appear in court on Monday charged with the murder of a Mozambican man they dragged to custody behind a police van.

The eight officers are expected to apply for bail in a preliminary hearing, when they will be formally charged with the murder of 27-year old Mido Macia.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:59pm

Eight South African police officers arrested over taxi driver's death

A still from a video made available by The Daily Sun shows Mido Macia, 27, a taxi driver and Mozambican national, as he is dragged behind a police van while police officers watch, in Johannesburg. Photo: EPA

Eight South African policeman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after dragging a man from the back of a police vehicle through a busy Johannesburg street, a government watchdog said on Friday.

2 Mar 2013 - 2:56am

Nelson Mandela released from hospital

Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel in 2011. Photo: AP

South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital on Wednesday after almost three weeks being treated for a lung infection but will continue to receive medical care at home, the presidency said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Though frail and elderly, Mandela continues to inspire a nation

Two boys in a township near Johannesburg pose before a mural depicting Nelson Mandela, who remains widely revered. Photo: AP

"Born Free" South Africans have joined the groundswell of concern about Nelson Mandela's hospitalisation, moulding the icon's legacy to their life two decades after white rule.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:18am

China now reaching the same levels of inequality as Johannesburg

A female scavenger putting useful construction waste she picked up onto her trolly in a garbage dump in Hefei, central China's Anhui province. China's wealth gap has widened to a level where it is among the world's most unequal nations, a Chinese academic institute said in a survey, as huge numbers of poor are left behind by the economic boom. Photo: AFP

The Johannesburg suburb of Sandton is a real eye-opener. Known among property agents as "Africa's richest square mile", Sandton is the office location of choice for multinational investment banks and brokerages - thanks, in part, to its heavy security.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 5 comments

City of contrasts

Johannesburg is known more for its tumultuous political past, crime rate and status as one of the biggest business centres in Africa than as an epicentre for art and culture, but that is slowly changing.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Game if you are

South Africa has always had the makings of a dream holiday destination. It has warm, hospitable people, excellent food and wine, stunning natural landscapes and unforgettable wildlife reserves. But it was last year's Fifa World Cup that proved the country was eager to be enjoyed by international travellers.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

Four kilometres below the highveld, not far from the bustling streets of Johannesburg, drills pound at a deafening volume and the air is thick with the smell of disintegrating rock.

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

Local resident Ridhwan asks what Cape Town and a pregnant woman have in common. It takes nine months for anything to happen! The contrast between Cape Town and Johannesburg is immediately apparent on the approach to the Mother City; the dusty, dry grasslands that surround the country's biggest, most vibrant - and indeed most crime-riddled - city feel like they are a continent apart.

7 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

'Excuse me, can you help me please?' comes a voice from among the pre-match throng surrounding Ellis Park.

5 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church In South Africa

The motto on one of the regimental flags fluttering above the modest, single-storey barracks of the Natal Mounted Rifles on the edge of Durban reads, 'Rough but ready'; it could just as easily be the unofficial slogan of the 2010 finals.

25 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

When South Africa won the right to host the 2010 World Cup six years ago, the promise was of an influx of foreign visitors and a significant boost to the local economy. Inside the confines of the Gold Reef City casino, however, there's an air of a house with the lights turned on and the television left at full volume, but with the occupants having vacated the building.

19 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

Throughout the last week of South Africa's six-year-long odyssey, fighter jets have been screeching so low over Soccer City the earth shakes.

While security has been a major issue in the build-up to the finals, this is not a draconian measure being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of the thousands of foreigners flowing into the country.

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

Sepp Blatter is a man who rarely receives praise beyond that of the sycophants who line the political corridors of world soccer.

Yet with the first World Cup in Africa just days away, the Fifa president deserves some credit for making sure nothing detracts from the serious business at hand in South Africa.

7 Jun 2010 - 12:00am