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Tatane trial delayed

The trial of eight policemen implicated in the death of Ficksburg resident, Andries Tatane, hit a snag on...

Police officers outside Ficksburg magistrate's court. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/Eyewitness News
Andries Tatane
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The trial of eight policemen implicated in the death of Ficksburg resident, Andries Tatane, hit a snag on Monday.

Tatane was beaten and shot with rubber bullets during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg in 2011.

He subsequently died from his injuries.

The incident was caught on tape and played on national television.

The trial was due to get underway on Monday morning but there was a lengthy delay.

During a pre-trial meeting between prosecution and defence, it was decided that a video of the brutal assault will be screened in court before the first witness is called to testify.

This means that a video and a projector have to be brought in from Bloemfontein. 

Four days were set down for the much awaited trial this week.

The Tatane family and friends packed the court on Monday, patiently waiting for the trial to start.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)


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