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Tatane video shows police beating residents

Andries Tatane video shows officers beating Ficksburg resident with batons.

Protesters demonstrate against Tatane's murder. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/EWN
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FICKSBURG - The first video that was played during the Andries Tatane murder trial on Thursday clearly showed police beating the Ficksburg resident with batons.

The video footage also raised questions about what sparked the incident.

Seven policemen are accused of assaulting and firing rubber bullets at Tatane during a violent service delivery protest in 2011.

The incident was caught on tape, and three videos are in the state's possession.

One of the videos, shot by a police officer, showed how the protests degenerated into chaos.

In the midst of all the trouble, Tatane is seen in a scuffle with police and him taking his shirt off.

He then tried to get access to a municipal building.

During cross-examination, defence lawyer Johann Nel suggested Tatane wanted the keys to the municipal office.

Nel also questioned if Tatane came across as a peace-loving man as described by a state witness, or an aggressive person as shown in the video.

State witness Philip Selokoe said the video was selective and that the policeman who shot it had an agenda.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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