SA police suspended for evicting naked man

By BBC On Thu, 2 Jul, 2020 13:16 | < 1 min read
South Africa's Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu called the incident "inhumane". [PHOTO | COURTESY]
South Africa's Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu called the incident "inhumane". [PHOTO | COURTESY]
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    Footage shows the man being thrown to the ground and stopped from re-entering the shack in Khayelitsha settlement.

Four police officers in Cape Town are to be suspended after dragging a naked man from a house in an eviction caught on video.

Footage shows the man being thrown to the ground and stopped from re-entering the shack in Khayelitsha settlement.

When he manages to break free and run into the home made of corrugated iron, its front wall is ripped off leaving him exposed.

South Africa’s Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu called the incident “inhumane”.

“We wish to condemn with the strongest terms an act which sought to degrade an individual like what we have witnessed,” she said, adding it “has no place in our democratic South Africa.”

In a statement on Wednesday evening, the city of Cape Town’s safety and security chief Richard Bosman said: “We are in the process of suspending four staff members involved in the incident, pending the outcome of the investigation.

“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.”

Local media report that the informal settlement, within Khayelitsha, where the video was filmed is subject to a demolition order and had been earmarked for redevelopment.

Only 49 homes are allowed to “temporarily remain on the land until after the lockdown,” Mr Bosman said.

“After the removal of illegal structures, new attempts are made to invade again on a daily basis.”

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