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Tatane trial postponed

The trial of seven policemen accused of murdering Free State protester Andries Tatane was postponed.

Andries Tatane's widow Rose Malehlohonolo in court. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

FICKSBURG - A court on Monday postponed the trial of seven policemen accused of murdering Free State protester Andries Tatane.

The Ficksburg Regional Court postponed the trial because the policemen's lawyer, Johann Nel, had to receive emergency knee replacement surgery.

The defence hopes to wrap up the case within two days when it returns to court on 18 March.

Judgement is expected by 22 March.

Tatane was killed during a service delivery protest in Fiksburg, on April 2011.

Cameramen captured footage of police beating and shooting Tatane with rubber bullets during a march to the Setsoto local municipality office.

South Africans watched him collapse and die.