Video: Cape Town police brutal

Video: Cape Town police brutalise suspect during arrest

More footage of police brutality in South Africa surfaces on Facebook, after a man is stripped down and brutalised during arrest

Video: Cape Town police brutal

A video has appeared on Facebook, showing a man being attacked, stripped and beaten during a police arrest. The origins of the video showing two policemen and a number of private security contractors ganging up on their suspect are somewhat unclear, however it appears that the footage was taken on a camera-phone in Cape Town on 6 March 2014 from what seems to be a work-place.

The two policemen are seen to repeatedly beat and kick the naked suspect in the groin area while private security contractors hold the victim restrained in place against a car during the assault. The reasons for the arrest are unknown at the moment as is the motivation for the brutal attack.

But another arrest was made after the person filming the incidence, Nicole Speelman, drew attention to herself by accusing SAPS of police brutality and enquiring why the naked man was being mistreated in this manner. The second person taken into custody was later released, and was reportedly not Speelman, who had taken the footage. The police quoted “police interference” as the justification for the second arrest, which is believed to not have involved any further aggression.

November Filander, the Western Cape Warrant Officer responsible for assessing the incident, said the footage would be duly reviewed: “we are currently investigating the matter which would be taken further.”

In a tweet, the South African Police Service (SAPS) also acknowledged the occurrence and announced that the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner’s Office “instituted steps to establish the facts and take the matter further”.

Instances of police brutality have been on the rise, particularly in Cape Town where crime figures, especially in the Cape Flats, feature at the top of statistics across the country. A blind busker had also suffered a brutal police attack in Cape Town last year after refusing to limit his street performance to the allocated time window. Consequences appear to be short-lived and limited.

But the problem of police brutality is of a nationwide nature. Last year, the brutal arrest and subsequent death of a taxi driver in Daveyton, Mpumalanga, sparked international outreach and global news coverage. South Africa is perceived as a major hotspot of police violence, particularly since the mass shooting of miners at the Lonmin Marikana platinum mines in 2012.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) receives complaints on a daily basis, but its independence has come under scrutiny recently after moves to appoint a controversial ex-police chief at its helm have been pushed forward.

As this is a developing story, we will provide further updates.

You can view the video below, but pleased be advised that it contains graphic images.

By Sertan Sanderson, 2014