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S.African policemen caught on video assaulting Nigerian citizen

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Two South African
police officers who were allegedly caught on
video taking part in the beating and stripping of
an unarmed man on a Cape Town street have
been arrested, the police watchdog said on
The Independent Police Directorate said the
officers, aged 42 and 45 years old, would appear
in court on Monday on charges of assault.

On Friday, video footage showing two armed
uniformed policemen and private guards
punching and kicking a man on a Cape Town
street went viral, prompting public outrage.

The man has been identified as Nigerian national
Clement Emekensha.
“The arrest would not have happened without the
vigilance of the public,” said Moses Dlamini, the
spokesman for the police watchdog.

He said other charges may be added.
In the video, a security guard ripped the shirt-less
man’s trousers off and then a police officer
repeatedly punched and kicked the man in the
groin. Another officer held the man by the neck.

His underpants came off as the beating
continued, before he was loaded into a police car.
Western Cape police said the guards had not yet
been arrested.

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