HRC probes Andries Tatane judgment

HRC will study the judgment where seven cops accused of murdering Andries Tatane were acquitted.

Protesters outside the Ficksburg Magistrates Court. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the judgment which found seven police officers accused of murdering Free State protestor Andries Tatane not guilty.

Video footage shows Tatane dying after being beaten by police officers and shot with rubber bullets during a service delivery protest in April 2011.

But the magistrate said there was insufficient evidence to convict the accused.

The HRC said it will be studying Magistrate Hein van Niekerk's judgment very carefully and that it wants the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to appeal his ruling.

Van Niekerk said it was impossible to identify the accused as the actual officers who beat Tatane and found that he had acted aggressively toward police.

The NPA said it won't appeal.

It admitted there wasn't enough evidence to prove the state's case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Meanwhile, Tatane's widow Rose has not yet indicated whether she will pursue a civil lawsuit against the police.

But family spokesperson David Ntoli said they are discussing it.