Tatane murder trial resumes

Ficksburg - The trial of seven policemen charged with killing protester Andries Tatane resumed after a three-month break in the Ficksburg Regional Court on Tuesday.

State prosecutor Sello Mathloko called the State’s next witness, police Captain Matshidiso Lesimola, a member of the Free State public order unit.

Andries Tatane. FILE PHOTO: Antoine de Ras. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

Tatane was killed in April last year, allegedly by police using rubber bullets during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg.

Lesimola testified he knew all the accused.

Mathloko started questioning the policeman about the day of the protest march, in which Tatane also took part. Lesimola testified to procedures usually followed when a protest march was organised in a community.

This would include agreements between police and community leaders on the starting and ending times of the march and the routes.

He also testified to the weapons police had with them on the day. This included a water cannon, shotguns, batons, shields and 9mm pistols.

The case continues.