Police accused of killing Taxi driver Mido Macia denied bail

Nine South African policemen accused of killing Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia have been denied bail.

Mr Macia, 27, died after being tied and dragged behind a police van near Johannesburg last month – the story made global headlines.

In denying bail, Magistrate Sam Makamu said the policemen might try to interfere with witnesses.

He said he was also concerned about sending the policemen home in an "unfavourable" climate, the Sapa news agency reported.

He said they faced a potential risk from residents who may seek revenge.

The policemen have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Macia was filmed being tied to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton on February 26.

The incident, recorded on video by a bystander, caused widespread revulsion.

Macia was found dead in holding cells several hours later.

President Jacob Zuma called it "unacceptable" and "horrific". South African police chief Riah Phiyega ordered the suspension of the accused officers.

The accused are Thamsanqa Ncema, 35, Linda Sololo, 56, Meshack Malele, 45, Motome Walter Ramatlou, 37, Percy Mnisi, 26, Bongumusa Mdluli, 25, Sipho Ngobeni, 30, Lungisa Ewababa, 31, and Bongani Kolisi, 27.

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