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Cope accuse ANC of violating human rights

The party has accused the ruling party of behaving in the same way the apartheid regime did.

FILE: Cope’s Dennis Bloem says the government of the day failed Andries Tatane. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - On the eve of the fourth anniversary of Ficksburg protestor Andries Tatane's death, Congress of the People (Cope) has accused the ANC government of violating human rights in the same way the apartheid regime did.

33-year-old Tatane died after he was shot with rubber bullets in a scuffle with police during a protest over a lack of water in the Meqheleng district municipality.

In 2013, the Ficksburg Regional Court found that the state could not prove its case of murder and assault against seven police officers implicated in Tatane's killing beyond reasonable doubt.

Cope's Dennis Bloem says the government of the day failed Andries Tatane.

"The government killed Tatane, Tatane is the first victim of this government when he was fighting for a better life, for clean drinking water. It makes us very, very, very sad."

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