Cop testifies in Tatane murder trial
A police officer viewed footage in the Andries Tatane murder trial in Ficksburg.
FICKSBURG - A policeman on Tuesday testified in the Andries Tatane murder trial in the Ficksburg Regional Court.
Tatane was beaten and shot at with rubber bullets during a violent service delivery protest in the Free State town back in April 2011.
Seven police officers face murder and assault charges.
In court on Tuesday, Constable Kabelo Pule was asked to watch the graphic video.
The footage, which sparked widespread public outrage, shows a shirtless and unarmed Tatane fighting with a group of baton-wielding officers.
The video was captured by a South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) cameraman.
The footage was played in slow-motion to allow Pule to point out some of the suspects.
The constable said accused number two, Mothusi Magano, was holding a shotgun.
A puff of smoke could be seen coming out of the gun, which was an indication that it had been set off.
On Monday, the court heard testimony from three SABC employees, including cameraman Filane Chomane.
He said he saw police fighting with Tatane before officials used batons on him.
Chomane then heard someone shout the word "shoot" and heard two gunshots.
It is still not clear who instructed the officers to open fire.