Police back in court for Tatane murder

By Drum Digital
10 December 2012

The seven policemen charged with killing protester Andries Tatane will be back in the Ficksburg Regional Court on Monday.

During the last appearance, State witness Constable Kabelo Pule told the court that he saw accused number two, Constable Mothusi Magano, firing a shot.

But the policemen's lawyer Johann Nel called him a liar and opportunist during his cross-examination.

Nel then asked Pule to point at the spot where Magano had fired the shot in the video.

When Pule was unable to clearly indicate at which point Magano fired, Nel submitted Pule's allegation was untrue.

Nel had contended that Pule's evidence in a disciplinary inquiry into the Tatane matter differed from his testimony to the court.

Pule said the departmental investigation and the criminal case were two different matters.

Ending his cross-examination, Nel led Pule through a photo album where he had to identify himself in a group of policemen gathered around the injured Tatane.

This was the same photo album from which Pule earlier identified some of the accused.

Tatane was killed in April last year, allegedly by police using rubber bullets, during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg.

-by Sapa

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