Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cabinet calls for calm after killings

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 April 2011

Cabinet has appealed to South Africans to remain calm and let the law take its course.

The call, made during Cabinet’s regular meeting yesterday, follows the killing of Ficksburg protestor Andries Tatane and police constable Fihliwe Bengeza in a separate incident while investigating an ATM bombing in Katlehong on the East Rand.

President Jacob Zuma and his ministers have sent their condolences to the bereaved families. Cabinet calls on all police men and women to continue to remain true and faithful to their oath.

Meanwhile, the Independent Complaints Directorate says two more police members are appearing in the Ficksburg Regional Court today in connection with the killing of protester Andries Tatane last week.

The pair was arrested in Bloemfontein yesterday. One of them is a lieutenant-colonel commander and the other a sergeant at the Free State public order unit.

The case is expected to be postponed until Tuesday, when they and their six co-accused will apply for bail.

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