7 South African police acquitted of murder charges in death of protester in 2011 protest

South African media says seven police officers were acquitted of murder and other charges for the death of a protester in April 2011.

The demonstrator, Andries Tatane, was among others in Ficksburg town who were protesting what they said was a lack of basic services. Police used rubber bullets and batons against Tatane in an incident broadcast on national television. President Jacob Zuma condemned the killing.

The South African Press Association on Thursday quoted Regional Magistrate Hein van Niekerk as saying that state prosecutors had not proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Van Niekerk also said it was unclear who fired the fatal shot.

Earlier this month, nine South African police charged with murdering a Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged from a police vehicle were denied bail.