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Defence hammers Tatane witness

A state witness in the Andries Tatane murder trial is being questioned by the defence team.

Witness in the Andries Tatane murder trial, Kabelo Pule. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN
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FICKSBURG - It was a battle of wills in the Andries Tatane murder trial as defence lawyers questioned a state witness on Friday.

Seven policemen face murder and assault charges in the Ficksburg Regional Court in the Free State.

The officers are accused of assaulting and firing rubber bullets at Tatane during a violent service delivery protest in April 2011.

Defence advocate Johan Nel used a transcript of an internal disciplinary hearing to cross-examine state witness Constable Kabelo Pule.

Pule, who appeared to crumble on the stand on Thursday, returned with renewed vigour.

This after it emerged that he was suspended from the police force.  

Nel also tried to question Pule’s credibility after he defended the seven officers saying they used the necessary amount of force against Tatane.

He made the comments during an internal disciplinary hearing into the conduct of the seven suspects.

He said Tatane had attacked and overpowered one of the policemen.

This was in direct contradiction with Pule’s testimony given in court earlier this week, where he blamed officers for not following procedures.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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