Police violence in Ficksburg is not anything new
by Steven Friedman
REALITY in our society is that which appears on prime-time TV. The outrage that has followed the beating and killing of Ficksburg activist Andries Tatane is a reassuring reminder that human values are deeply rooted here. But, as justifiable as the anger is, much of it seems based on a misapprehension — that the sort of police action that killed Tatane is new. Actually, all that is new is that the police were unwise enough to attack him in front of cameras, which beamed their acts into living rooms around the country.