Cape Town – Two South African Police Service (SAPS) officers, implicated in a video showing a man being stripped naked and assaulted by police officers, will be suspended immediately, said Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, footage showing the man being stripped, hit and kicked by police officers in Cape Town on Thursday, was posted on social media.
According to Lamoer, the officers were responding to a robbery complaint in the Cape Town CBD when they found a man who was apparently behaving in an unruly manner. The victim was released on Thursday night and was not charged.
“Their actions aren’t in line with the code of conduct of the South African Police Service,” said Lamoer, adding that the victim should come forward to make a statement.
According to Eyewitness News, one witness, who was arrested for interfering with an arrest after he shouted at the officers, said what happened before the video was taken was worse.
“Before the video was recorded the man was naked covered in blood, lying on his back. He was dragged from the door to the police van. He was not resisting arrest.”
The witness was reportedly put in a police cell without being asked to give his statement and was only released once his boss arrived to speak to the Cape Town station police commissioner.