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Ficksburg remembers Andries Tatane

2012-04-13 21:21

Bloemfontein - Various memorial events for Free State protester Andries Tatane, killed during a service delivery protest a year ago, take place in Ficksburg this weekend.

The Meqheleng Concerned Citizens (MCC) group held the first commemoration in the Ficksburg town hall on Friday afternoon.

Police officers allegedly fired rubber bullets at Tatane's chest and beat him with batons during a service delivery protest, in front of the offices of the Setsoto local municipality in Ficksburg, on April 12 last year. Residents had marched from the nearby Meqheleng township. The violence was recorded and broadcast on national television.

Tatane, a teacher, who was not wearing a shirt, was bleeding from the chest after the beating. He collapsed about 20 minutes later.

On Friday, the Ficksburg town hall was packed with local residents for the event, which included a memorial service and a speech by the local mayor.

Recently appointed Free State co-oporative governance, traditional affairs and human settlements MEC, Olly Mlamleli, addressed the crowd. A group of ANC Women’s League members in their green uniforms were also present.

The Congress of the People (Cope) would remember Tatane at a meeting in at the Mapenyalira hall in Meqheleng on Saturday. Cope parliamentary leader Mosiuoa Lekota and the Tatane family would speak to residents, the party said.

The trial against eight police officers charged with assaulting and killing Tatane was expected to start in the Ficksburg Regional Court in two weeks.

Comments
  • Michele - 2012-04-13 21:31

    I think it is disgusting that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are not behind bars yet ? The evidence was there on SABC television for all to see. What on earth is the excuse for the delay in getting justice done this time ?

      Graham - 2012-04-13 22:08

      Do you even have to ask!

      Steven Trollip - 2012-04-14 06:26

      Eeeeeee.Ich

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-14 07:26

      Maybe the prez will pardon them. There will be a loophole - some dirt of sorry excuse. And somehow it will be blamed on the whites. Just wait ...

  • aiazmir - 2012-04-13 21:53

    A sad tragedy. May Tatane be an example to us that to die for what you are passionate about is valour indeed. I am humbled by his example.

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-04-13 21:56

    I still can not understand what kind of training the South African Police Service get when they brutally attacked unarmed person with the BATON specially in critical organs such as head .

  • Graham - 2012-04-13 22:12

    The opposition should be all over this. Use him as the martyred hero in the fight against the ANC oppression.

  • Cape - 2012-04-13 22:12

    Let his death not be in vain. Let him be the "Steve Biko" for the new generation of South Africans, let us recognise that Andries gave his life for what he believed in; I'm pretty sure he wasn't expecting to be murdered that day and no less than by the POLICE!! What is going on? Have we given up on justice and equality?

  • Irene - 2012-04-14 03:05

    Tatane is the anCancer's Hector Peterson.

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-14 08:31

    That blood bathed picture is still reeling in my memory. I hope his blood was not spilt in vain. Justice must be served to those SAPS thugs.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-14 08:42

    Our police and justice system are failing the people in RSA, when it takes a year to pass and culprits are still not brought before the courts. Then following on after appearances case after case is postponed. It would be interesting to find out at the present time how many cases are on hold due to more time required to finalize investigation and legal teams requesting postponements.

  • jake.moloi - 2012-04-14 10:29

    Our justice system is a joke....

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-04-16 15:41

      shame lets hope grvment his gonna do something for that family

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