Police killed him five years ago — now Mido Macia’s family gets paid out

The family of a Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia, who died at the hands of police, will be compensated adequately, attorney Jose Nascimento said on Wednesday.

Nascimento represented the Macia family in their lawsuit against the police.

“We are happy with the conclusion of the matter. Happy that it didn’t go to a full-blown trial,” said Nascimento.

The Mozambican national died in police custody in 2013 after being dragged behind a police van and, later, physically assaulted by police officers. The incident, in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg, was captured on camera and received international coverage.

The Macia family sued the police minister for R6.5m.

“We would like to give all the facts but there is a confidentiality clause, which our legal team accepted without hesitation,” he told the media.

Nascimento said the money to be paid out was less than what they had initially requested, but that it was enough to support Macia’s parents, his common-law wife and his eight-year-old son.

“It was important to let the world know the finality of this important matter, which could not be swept under the carpet,” he said.

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