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Cape cops arrested for brutal attack |South African News

Cape Town - The two police officers who
allegedly kicked and punched a naked man
in Cape Town have been arrested, the
Independent Police Investigative Directorate
(IPID) said on Saturday.
The warrant officers, aged 42 and 45,
were arrested on Friday night, IPID
spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

The two would appear at the Cape Town
Magistrate's Court on Monday on assault
charges. Other charges could be added,
Dlamini said.

The SA Police Service in the Western Cape
suspended the officers on Friday pending
an investigation.
"The management of the SA Police Service
in the Western Cape were horrified with
the video footage that was in circulation in
the social media since this [Friday]
morning," police spokesperson
Tembinkosi Kinana said at the time.
A person in a building near where the
assault took place recorded Nigerian
national Clement Emekensha being
assaulted in a central Cape Town street on
Thursday, on their cellphone.
The video shows two police officers
handcuffing Emekensha, watched by two
men wearing neon-yellow city safety unit

One of the officers is seen removing
Emekensha's pants, leaving him exposed
in the road. The footage shows the man
being punched and kicked in the groin,
while his arms are held at his sides.
The shocked voices of others in the
building can be heard on the video.

One, a woman, opens a window and
shouts: "Police brutality! That's not how
you treat a person. Why are you kicking
him? Why are you kicking him?"
One of the officers is seen wagging his
hand at her, before walking toward the
Kinana said police management had
watched the footage, and confirmed the
police officers were from Cape Town
Central police station.
"Their conduct is not in line with the SAPS
code of conduct... We as the SAPS in the
province condemn the behaviour
witnessed in the video in [the] strongest
Assault condemned
On Saturday, the SA Communist Party
(SACP) condemned the assault.
"The human rights of the victim were
extremely violated, as he was stripped
naked and kicked in his genitals in a
manner that reminds us of the old regime
police brutality," SACP provincial
spokesperson Masonwabe Sokoyi said in
a statement.
"To us, this reflects that there are still
remnants of our ugly past..."
The South African Human Rights
Commission (SAHRC) said it would
investigate the matter.
"It is very concerning that these incidents
of brutality continue to happen despite
continuous condemnation from rights
groups, and many reassurances from the
police top management," SAHRC
spokesperson Isaac Mangena said in a
Mangena said police brutality should be
dealt with as a matter of national concern.
"The Commission is concerned about the
excessive use of violence by the police
during arrests and service delivery
protests, and has consistently condemned
the brutality meted out by the police
during such events," he said.
On Friday, provincial Safety MEC Dan Plato
welcomed the suspensions, and said they
were an indication that "this type of
behaviour" would not be tolerated in a
constitutional democracy.
He condemned the violation of the man's
dignity and his human rights.
It was not clear on what charges the man
was arrested.
The organisation People Against Suffering
Oppression and Poverty (Passop) said
what was done to the man was
unacceptable, regardless of the
circumstances of his arrest.
Provincial ANC leader Marius Fransman
said he was "outraged" that the man was
stripped naked without posing a visible
threat to any person.

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