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Macia family wants R6.5m in civil claim

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Murdered taxi driver Mido Macia’s family wants compensation amounting to R6.5m from the South African government, the family’s lawyer said on Tuesday.

Jose Nascimento told reporters in the High Court in Pretoria that the State had asked him for an actuarial report justifying the amount.

“It sounds like a lot, but in international terms, it is only $400 000,” Nascimento said.

He attended the trial on a watching brief for the family and the Mozambican government.

He said the State had had a change of heart and was now willing to discuss the civil claim.

“They’ve approached me and they want to settle this matter. I’m fairly certain that at the end of the day we will have compensation.”

He said the Macia family was getting impatient as it had been more than two years since their breadwinner was killed and his child was about to start pre-school.

Nascimento was speaking after Judge Bert Bam found eight Daveyton police officers guilty of killing Macia on February 26, 2013.

They handcuffed him to the back of a police van, dragged him behind it and beat him to death in the local police station’s cells. Macia became aggressive when the officers confronted him about his taxi, which was blocking traffic.

“It’s not a happy day for me. A life was unnecessarily lost, but I’m satisfied with the verdict,” Nascimento said.

Macia’s death was the result of police brutality that started with a traffic violation, and which could easily have been resolved, he added. News24

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