Tatane trial resumes tomorrow

The Tatane family has finally read the Human Rights Commission report into the matter.

The trial of police officers accused of murdering activist Andries Tatane has been postponed.

FICKSBURG - The trial of seven police officers accused of murdering activist Andries Tatane was postponed in the Ficksburg Regional Court on Monday, due to equipment malfunction.

Video footage shows Tatane dying after being beaten by officers during a service delivery protest in April 2011.

Following a two hour delay, Magistrate Hein van Niekerk postponed the case to Tuesday, as an assistant is required to come from Bloemfontein to fix the recording equipment.

The gallery was fairly empty with only two distant family members of Tatane attending the proceedings.

Tatane family spokesperson, David Mtholi, said they have finally read the Human Rights Commission report into the matter, which found police used excessive force during the protest in question.

"We are happy to have received that report."

Mtholi said the Tatane family is still struggling with his death.

The incident sent shockwaves throughout the country.

A the time, the small community was protesting for access to water.

Police were called in to keep an eye on the protest, but things turned sour when they allegedly fired rubber bullets into the chest of Tatane.

He was also allegedly beaten with batons.

Tatane was seen holding his hand against his chest after the assault.

He collapsed about 20 minutes later and died before the ambulance arrived.

Many people condemned the police, saying the incident resembled the apartheid era.