Tatane family happy with HRC findings

The family of Andries Tatane are happy with findings made by the HRC.

South African Human Rights Commission’s Danny Titus announcing the findings into the death of Andries Tatane. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

FICKSBURG - The family of Andries Tatane said they were relieved the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) found that police used excessive force.

The case against seven police officers on trial for his murder is due to resume in the Ficksburg regional court on Tuesday morning.

Proceedings failed to get underway on Monday because of equipment which malfunctioned.

The Tatane family spokesman David Ntholi said they were satisfied with the SAHRC's findings.

Ntholi agreed with recommendations that police must be better trained.

"They've forwarded recommendations to the police service as to how they, in future, should handle situations of violence."

Meanwhile, one of the witnesses in the case, a police officer who claims he saw the police brutality first hand, has been jailed for armed robbery.

Tatane was allegedly beaten to death by police officers during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg in 2011.