Tatane: ‘Shots came from police officers’

2012-05-14 13:34

The shots fired during the protest march in which Ficksburg teacher Andries Tatane died came from the group of police officers that surrounded him at the time, the Ficksburg magistrates court heard today.

Seven police officers are on trail for the death of Tatane who was killed during a protest march on April 13 last year.
The state called its second witness, SABC cameraman Filane Chomane, to the stand today.

Chomane testified that a group of police officers assaulted Tatane on the day of his death until he fell to the ground.

“The same officers went ahead and hit him while he (Tatane) was on lying on the ground,” said Chomane.

He said he also heard someone say “shoot” after which two shots went off.

Chomane said the shots were coming from the group of police officers that was surrounding Tatane.

He said the police officers did not assist Tatane when he eventually got up.

Chomane said many of the police officers had firearms.

He testified that when Tatane got up his hand was on his chest – possibly an attempt to show that he had been hit.

He said Tatane was bleeding from the chest.

Johann Nel, legal representative of the accused, grilled Chomane about a written statement by a police officer that indicates that he (Chomane) was at first unwilling to make a statement about what he had seen on the day of Tatane’s death.

Chomane denied this.

The trial continues.

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