A RECENT incident of police brutality against a foreign national has been condemned. This comes after two cops were filmed stripping and attacking a man in Riebeek Street, in the Cape Town CBD, on Thursday.
The two cops have been suspended since the video went viral on social networks.
Western Cape Safety and Security MEC Dan Plato welcomed the swift action of commissioner General Arno Lamoer in suspending the officers.
“General Lamoer’s immediate suspension of the officers and the opening of criminal charges against them is commendable. It shows this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in the police and has no place in a constitutional democracy.”
Plato also urged Ipid to do a full independent investigation into the matter.
He said the police were there to protect people and if they failed to do so, people had to speak up.
Chairwoman of Parliament’s portfolio committee on police Annelize van Wyk said the video, which showed the cops manhandling the man before undressing him and kicking his private parts, went against the right to dignity according to the Constitution.
“It is unacceptable to attack the dignity of an individual,” said Van Wyk, adding the committee called for a speedy investigation.