Tatane judgment 'disappointing'

2013-04-03 15:47
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Bloemfontein - The acquittal of seven policemen accused of the death of protester Andries Tatane is disappointing, Cope in the Free State said on Wednesday.

"[The judgment is a] clear indication that the SA judicial system and criminal investigation system need urgent attention," Congress of the People provincial chairperson Papi Kganare said.

"The judgment that was made is in line with what happened during the apartheid era, where police were allowed to brutally attack and kill many citizens without any consequences."

At the end of March, Ficksburg regional magistrate Hein van Niekerk found the State could not prove its case of murder and assault beyond reasonable doubt.

Tatane died on 13 April 2011, after police used rubber bullets and batons to subdue him during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg. The case received huge media attention when footage of Tatane's assault was broadcast nationally.

"Cope will investigate what course of action to take from here after consultation with the family of the late Mr Tatane," Kganare said.

The party would gather on 14 April to march in commemoration to the Setsoto local municipality and the spot where died.

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