Tatane trial delayed over projector

2012-04-23 13:18

Ficksburg - The trial of eight Free State policemen accused of murdering protester Andries Tatane was delayed in the Ficksburg Regional Court on Monday.

Court officials were trying to find a projector for the court on which a video would be shown.

Outside the court residents continued with their daily activities. A group of policemen stood at the court gates and several others were in the courtroom.

Local residents and Tatane's relatives were in the public gallery. His wife Rose and other family members arrived at court at 08:00, about an hour before matters were supposed to start, and took their seats in the front row.

A court orderly asked those in the public gallery not to react or comment when a video of the day in question was screened.

Killed during delivery protest

Lawyer for the policemen, Johann Nel, said earlier the defence was ready to proceed.

Tatane was killed in Meqheleng, allegedly by public order police, during a service delivery protest on April 13 last year.

The accused are: Nicodemus Israel Moiloa, Mothusi Magano, Mphonyana Ntaje, Olebogeng Mphirime, Solomon Moeketsi, Jonas Skosana, Kanathasen Munsamay, and Isaac Finger.

Video footage showed riot police beating Tatane during a march to the Setsoto municipal offices in Ficksburg. Over several days, roads were blocked with stones and bricks, and tyres set alight.

Two of the policemen were charged with murder. The other six face charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The case had been set down for four days.

  • Mark - 2012-04-23 13:40

    Another Jub Jub affair. Delaying tactics. Disgusting. These pigs were caught on film and unless there was a shooter on the grassy knoll packing an Enfield with a 'magic bullet', they should all be rotting in jail already.

      Koos - 2012-04-23 13:46

      Footage also shows him antagonizing police and conducting himself in a threatening manner. You sure you are calling the right people “pigs” here?

      Gladstone - 2012-04-23 13:59

      That's how this country of ours do things. Now its going to call the family to look @ these pigs for more than ten years. Our justice system is bulls*t!

      Mark - 2012-04-23 14:00

      It's called the 'disproportionate use of force' - he says a few bad words, and the thugs beat him down and shoot him dead. I'm pretty sure of who the bad guys are in this picture. If he got too rowdy, they should have slapped a pair of cuffs on him and put him in a holding cell overnight to cool off, or pressed charges. At no time did his actions give cause for the 'cops' to act like Judge Dredd and function as jury and executioners.

      carpejugulim - 2012-04-23 14:03

      Surely to heavens if you know that there will be video footage used as evidence someone would have had the forethought to ensure there was a projector? Why blame the police and call them pigs for somebody's poor planning?

      Gladstone - 2012-04-23 14:20

      @Mackscr..etc, thanks I just wish you were the judge on that trial. And sentence these pigs who only know to look around girls

  • Marion - 2012-04-23 13:45

    I wonder how much all these repeated postponements of cases cost the taxpayer.

  • Rob - 2012-04-23 13:52

    Ah yes, Tatane, just another destructive protesting, dancing fool, until he gets killed & for that he is a hero !

      Luke - 2012-04-23 14:19

      agreed! everyone is kissing this Tetane's ass calling him a hero...f*ck him he should have been at work or atleast looking for work but instead he was on the streets taking his anger out on police who aren't even the ones responsible for their problems with service delivery...let this be a lesson to all those protesting bastards!

      Luke - 2012-04-23 14:22

      not saying he deserved to die but a good beating would have done just fine!

      Gladstone - 2012-04-23 14:29


      Mark - 2012-04-23 14:35

      Who called him a hero? It's the principle of the case. It begs the question as to how far police can go, and what is considered an appropriate response to resisting arrest and challenging the police. The next time you're pulled over at a road block after you've had a bad day and tell the police to 'get stuffed' and they rip you out of your vehicle and beat you to a pulp when you resist, because the court has decided 'agressive' behavior can be met with brutal force (which is precisely the message that letting these cretins off lightly will send to their comrades in blue) you will be wishing that someone had drawn the line. We have to stop thinking like this, you know.. 'The cops will only apply lethal force to the people that deserve it; that kind of thing will never happen to me!' 'As long as I am okay, beggar my neighbor!' It is no wonder that South Africa is in the shape it's in.

      Rob - 2012-04-23 14:53

      Gladstone @ Rob.....What ?

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-23 14:18

    Does the showing of the deceased victim photo doing any justice to his family? Just thinking. This photo doesn't look good to me, I can imagine the worst to family members.

  • Ian - 2012-04-23 14:48

    How difficult it is to prepare for this, especially if you know well in advance about the case. How can a case be delayed by a projector. The whole world will now know someone does not take his/ her job seriously. I guess it is business as usual in govt department.

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-04-23 17:00

    Projector was stolen by someone working there

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