Four law enforcement officers who were seen in a viral video mistreating a stripped man in Khayelitsha, presently risk being suspended by the City of Cape Town.
In the video which became famous online on Wednesday July 1, the man who was about to have his bath, was seen being hauled out of a shack and wrestled to the ground by officials. He anyway got away from the officials and ran back to his shack, which was halfway destroyed.
Responding to the viral video in an announcement discharged on Wednesday Night, the City’s official executive for safety and security Richard Bosman said they have started plans of suspending and applying disciplinary techniques against the four law authorization officers.
The statement read;
“The suspension also ensures that staff are not targeted while on duty. We are saddened by the conduct depicted on the video footage, and we do not condone any forceful and dehumanising conduct by our staff members.
“The City takes these allegations very seriously, and while our staff are subjected to very challenging circumstances while carrying out anti-land invasion operations, which are to protect land earmarked for housing opportunities and other services.
“We will not condone violence of any nature by law enforcement staff. I have asked for the facts to be gathered as a matter of urgency and that the investigation is concluded without delay.
“After the removal of illegal structures, new attempts are made to invade again on a daily basis. There is an interdict in place as well as a recent court order which allows only 49 households to temporarily remain on the land until after the lockdown,” Bosman said.
“The City must also maintain this recent court order, which the community is aware of.”