Cameraman testifies in Tatane trial

Protesters arrive in court in support of Andries Tatane who was killed during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

FICKSBURG – South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) cameraman Filane Chomane was cross-examined in the Andries Tatane murder trial on Monday.

Tatane was beaten and shot at by police officers during a violent service delivery protest in the Free State town in April 2011.

Seven policemen are on trial for murder and assault in the Ficksburg Regional Court.

The incident was captured on video by Chomane and was aired on the national broadcaster. The footage sparked widespread outrage.

Chomane was the second state witness to testify in the case.

On Monday, the cameraman said he saw police fighting with a shirtless Tatane before officials used batons to assault him.

Chomane said he heard someone shout the word "shoot" and heard two gunshots.

It is still not clear who instructed the officers to open fire.

During cross-examination, defence lawyer Johan Nel pointed to differences between the statement Chomane gave to police and his testimony in court.