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Cameraman appears in Tatane trial

Seven police officers are accused of assaulting Tatane during a service delivery protest in 2011.

Police outside Ficksburg in 2011.

FICKSBURG - A South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) cameraman was called to testify in the Andries Tatane murder trial in Ficksburg on Monday.

Seven police officers are standing trial.

They are accused of assaulting Tatane and firing rubber bullets at him during a service delivery protest in the Free State town in 2011.

An edited version of SABC cameraman Felani Chomane's footage was played in court in April.

He told the court that he first noticed Tatane during a chaotic service delivery protest when police were rushing towards him.

He said Tatane was shirtless and had his hands in the air as police surrounded him.

He then described seeing the officers fighting with Tatane and using batons to assault him.

Chomane said he heard two gun shots go off.

The cameraman was not able to tell the court who or what started the fight.

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