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Murdered Mozambican's family to sue S.African police

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The family of a slain Mozambican taxi driver plans to sue South Africa's police after officers cuffed him to their van and dragged him through the streets, their lawyer said Sunday.

Lawyers were instructed "to represent them, to advise them and to institute civil proceedings against the minister of police for the unlawful death of Emidio Macia," Sapa news agency quoted attorney Andrew Boernar as saying.

Macia, also called Mido, was filmed by bystanders being manhandled, handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged hundreds of metres in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg, on February 26.

The 27-year-old was found dead in his cell two hours later, having suffered severe head and internal injuries.

Prosecutors have charged nine policemen with the murder. All deny they were guilty and said Macia had violently resisted arrest after an argument about an illegally parked vehicle.

Their bail hearing will continue in the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Lawyers have not yet filed court papers or decided how much the Macia family would claim in damages, said Boernar.

Days after Macia's death, Nomvula Mokonyane, the premier of Gauteng province, which includes the city of Johannesburg, said his family had a right to sue.

"Every affected family that feels that their rights have been undermined by the state... have the right to take the state to the cleaners," she said.

She added that the state would pay for his children's education.

Around 2,000 people attended Macia's funeral in his hometown Matola in southern Mozambique on Saturday.

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