Ficksburg ‘crisis’ indicates a failed state, says IFP

2011-04-15 13:01

The death of a protester in Ficksburg, allegedly in an attack by the police, showed signs of a failed state, the IFP said today.

“When police officers violate human rights, and people die for their right to basic services, surely alarm bells must ring that we are heading towards a failed state after 17 years of misrule under the ANC-led government,” IFP police spokesperson Velaphi Ndlovu said in a statement.

Andries Tatane was a member of the Congress of the People and Ward 14 candidate for the May 18 local government elections in Meqheleng, Ficksburg in eastern Free State.

He was killed in the town on Wednesday, allegedly after being hit by a rubber bullet and being beaten by the police.
The incident was broadcast on SABC news that night and the alleged police brutality has since been widely condemned by political parties, trade unions and civil society.

Ndlovu said Tatane had been unarmed and protesting against poor service delivery, but had “paid for this with his life”.
He condemned the police action in the “strongest terms“.

“Police brutality seems to have become the norm,” he said.

He welcomed the Independent Complaints Directorate’s probe into the killing and expressed the IFP’s condolences to the Tatane family.

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