Tatane case postponed

2012-04-26 15:55

The case against seven police officers from Bloemfontein accused of murdering Andries Tatane has been postponed until May 14.

The first witness in the case, Phillip Selokoe, endured hours of cross examination by Advocate Johann Nel who represents the seven police officers.

Nel put it to Selokoe in the Ficksburg Magistrates Court today that the videos presented as evidence so far did not depict Tatane as a peaceful protester who wanted to help older people.

“The videos show how Tatane took off his shirt and had the audacity to show the police his middle finger,” said Nel. He also told Selokoe that his testimony was worth nothing and riddled with lies.

Selokoe stuck to his testimony that the videos were “selective” and did not show everything that happened on the day of April 13 2011 when Tatane died, allegedly at the hands of the police during a service delivery protest.

Prosecutor Sello Matlhoko asked Selokoe during re-examination to look at pictures taken of frames of the videos shown in court and to point out in which Tatane looked aggressive and at what stage the police was trying to arrest him.

Selokoe said Tatane was not aggressive and although there were many police officers, they did not try and arrest him at any stage during the protest march.

Forty-five protesters were arrested following the march in which Tatane was killed.

The state decided to charge only 15 of them and they are due to appear in court on the May 3. The prosecutor is expected to call another 36 witnesses.

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