Six officers arrested after Ficksburg violence


King of de Jungle
Mar 17, 2005

Six police officers have been arrested by the Independent Complaints Directorate in connection with the death of a Ficksburg man during a service delivery protest this past week.

Andries Tatane was killed allegedly by police officers and sparked widespread anger.

The arrest comes after the ICD dispatched a team to Bloemfontein to investigate the matter.

Two officers were arrested on Saturday night on murder charges and four others for assault and intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Television footage showed Tatane being beaten and he later died in hospital.

The ICD launched a full investigation.

The suspects will remain in custody until their appearance in the Ficksburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Six policemen have been arrested in connection with the killing of Andries Tatane who was beaten to death during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said on Sunday.

The six men, arrested on Saturday, were from the public order police unit in Bloemfontein, ICD spokesman Moses Dlamini said.

Four of the men were being charged with assault and two with murder.

ICD executive director Francois Beukman told SABC news on Sunday that this type of police brutality could not be tolerated.

Police allegedly fired rubber bullets into Tatane's chest and then beat him with batons on Thursday.

Tatane was allegedly attacked by at least six policemen “simultaneously”, according to media reports.

He was seen holding his hand against his chest after the assault and collapsed about 20 minutes later. He died before an ambulance arrived. The police confirmed on Wednesday that a man had been killed during the protest.

The residents of Meqheleng township were marching to the Ficksburg municipal offices to hand over a memorandum relating to service delivery issues when the incident took place. - Sapa


Nov 17, 2010
Now suddenly! I wonder if they will keep their jobs and pay after found guilty which is obvious.


Good news, hopefully this calms the people who think the government endorsed/protected these guys.