Former Cape Town cops in court

2014-05-23 09:05
(Nielen De Klerk, News24)

(Nielen De Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - Two former police officers are expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Friday in connection with a video of a naked man being assaulted.

Warrant Officer David Gunn, 43, and Warrant Officer Gerrit Januarie, 46, were subsequently charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Gunn was dismissed last week after a disciplinary hearing and Januarie resigned before disciplinary action could be taken against him.

In March, a woman in a building in central Cape Town used her cellphone to record a Nigerian man being assaulted in the street below. The video clip went viral on social media after it was posted online.

It shows two police officers handcuffing the man, watched by two men wearing neon-yellow city safety unit vests.

One of the officers removes the man's pants, leaving him exposed in the road. The footage shows the man being punched and kicked in the groin, while his arms are pinned to his sides.

The shocked voices of others in the building can be heard on the video.

A woman opens a window and shouts: "Police brutality. That's not how you treat a person. Why are you kicking him? Why are you kicking him?"

The men appeared in court in March and were each granted R1 500 bail with stringent conditions.
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