Tatane's cops' case to resume

By Drum Digital
18 March 2013

The trial of seven policemen charged with killing protester Andries Tatane is set to resume in the Ficksburg Regional Court on Monday.

The case was postponed earlier this month because the policemen's defence lawyer Johann Nel was in hospital.

Tatane was killed on April 13, 2011, allegedly by police using rubber bullets, during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg.

Last year, the case was postponed after the State cast doubt on its own witness, Captain Matshidiso Lesomola. He had been deployed in an observer capacity at the service delivery protest.

Prosecutor Sello Mathloko said at the time that Lesomola's testimony was different to the statement he gave to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate a few days after the shooting.

-by Sapa

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