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South Africa police on trial for Ficksburg murder

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The trial has opened of eight South African policemen accused of killing a protester last year.

Footage of the attack on Andries Tatane was shown on local television and sparked a national outcry, with the governing ANC comparing the attack to apartheid-era police.

Mr Tatane died after being beaten with batons and shot with rubber bullets in the central town of Ficksburg.

Two officers have been charged with murder, the others with assault.

Mr Tatane, 33, had been taking part in a protest about poor services.

Scores of angry people demonstrated outside the Ficksburg court when the officers first appeared in April 2011.

Two officers have been charged with murder, the others with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The trial is expected to last four days.

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