SAHRC blasts police over Tatane

2012-10-31 13:05

Johannesburg - Police used a degree of force during a Free State protest in April 2011 that was disproportionate to the circumstances of the case, thus violating Andries Tatane’s right to life, the SA Human Rights Commission said on Wednesday.

The commission on Wednesday released its finding into the killing of Tatane at the hands of several police officers during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg.

The SAHRC also found that officers' training must be improved in order to effectively manage future violent protests.

“SAPS were not suitably equipped to quell public disorder and failed, within the circumstances, to devise a plan to monitor the gathering,” the commission said.

Commissioner Danny Titus had harsh words for the police when he said: “It is worrying that the police arrogantly refused to co-operate in this and other matters involving the [SA Police Service].”

Responding to the report, the Council for the Advancement of the Constitution said in a statement that Parliament must urgently consider the HRC’s findings “and exercise meaningful oversight over the executive and a seemingly unaccountable police service”.

  • openopportunity - 2012-10-31 13:17

    no mention of prosecuting the cops involved......

  • karel.dutoit.50 - 2012-10-31 13:23

    So police officers will grab the nearest person minding his own bussiness doing nothing illegal and beat him to death? I agree the police force need extra training but this guy died because he did something illegal. If you have never been in a situation where a couple of thousand people scream shout and throw rocks and carry any sort of weapons you cannot judge the police officers. They did what they had to do.

      eddiebant - 2012-10-31 13:30

      Karel you are so right.Always easy to discuss something later-being in that position would have the same reaction.He was looking for trouble and got it.

      Jeremy - 2012-10-31 14:26

      Karel and Eddie, you're both wrong. The Commission is right. Tatane may have been in the police's face, but the video showed he wasn't carrying a weapon. Certainly the police would have been within their rights to arrest him and hold him for a day or two - but certainly not to shoot and kill him!

      paul.nefdt - 2012-10-31 15:16

      @ Karel & Eddie.... In almost every article on News24, pertaining to some politically volatile incident there is almost always a stupid and insensitive remark from some reader, but what is more troubling is that more often than not, its a white person saying something insensitive & nasty about the victims. & as you may have guessed, more often than not the victims are non-whites. Yes the reverse happens as well.. But aren't the so called 'educated & civilized' white folk suppose to be more human when they offer their comments, I mean after all, us 'non-whites' are the uneducated & uncivilized animals in this so called democracy? or at least according to the Karel's & Eddie's of South Africa.

      eddiebant - 2012-10-31 15:26

      Paul you make me so sick always bringing racism remarks into the story.Grow up man.Even if this guy was white-I still stick to my story.The stupid remark came from you. Karel ever been in such a position?Not,then you're not in the position to know what its like.

      eddiebant - 2012-10-31 15:32

      Paul, no dont misunderstand me.There are black people that are very intelligent and that can teach me a lot.I dont see them as inferior.Most of them I'm being friends with,are better educated than me.

      eddiebant - 2012-10-31 15:42

      Sorry Karel should be Jeremy in my question asked.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-31 13:24

    This is what happens when you put automatic weapons in the hands of a bunch of poorly trained, badly hired, idiots. Marikana is the sequel to this. IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN - it's just a matter of time.

  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-10-31 14:36

    I think the time has come that only special forces in the police are allowed to have guns with live ammunition and the rest must get stunt guns.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-10-31 14:46

    colour and not competence leads this country. finish. we all suffer.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-10-31 15:09

    We will have to wait and see and hear what happens to the police charged for murder.

  • cape4me - 2012-10-31 15:52

    It is about time we unite and save our country. Forget skin colour let us solve our problems without excluding or transferring the blame. We are all in this together. All men are trainable I am the fruit of that seed.

      eddiebant - 2012-10-31 18:34

      You are so right. A 'Bells' for you.Hope we all can get positive.

  • eddiebant - 2012-10-31 16:42

    Feeling sorry for the police.Nobody wants to do the job,but they want to tell them how it should be done.Gets the thumb-down from friends and enemy.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-10-31 17:19

      and few people have a clue of the whole story but somehow the party that is on the scene (away from their homes and loved ones- often sleeping in horrible places without even getting proper food and washing facilities etc etc) to uphold peace and control members of the public who have a mob mentality and do whatever they like, get blamed. enough said

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