Man held for slapping cop in courtroom as 2 officers appear on assault charges

2014-03-10 12:53

A man was arrested for slapping a policeman in the face in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court shortly before two warrant officers appeared for allegedly assaulting a man in a city street.

The man, in his 20s, pushed the policeman’s chest during an adjournment in Court 14. The policeman warned him to stop his behaviour, but a short while later, he slapped the policeman in the face.

A packed public gallery watched as the officer grabbed the man, held his arms behind his back, read him his rights, then escorted him out the courtroom.

Two Cape Town central policemen were about to appear in the court on charges of assault. Other charges may be added, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) spokesperson Moses Dlamini said. The warrant officers, aged 42 and 45, were arrested on Friday.

An office worker used her cellphone to film the officers brutally assaulting a man in Cape Town’s CBD.

“The management of the SA Police Service in the Western Cape were horrified with the video footage that was in circulation in the social media since this [Friday] morning,” Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said at the time.

The video shows two police officers handcuffing a Nigerian, Clement Emekensha, watched by two men wearing neon-yellow city safety unit vests.

One of the policemen is seen removing Emekensha’s pants, leaving him exposed in the road. The footage shows the man being punched and kicked in the groin, while his arms are held at 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?”

One of the policemen is seen wagging his hand at her before walking towards the building.

Kinana said: “Their conduct is not in line with the SAPS code of conduct ... We as the SAPS in the province condemn the behaviour witnessed in the video in [the] strongest terms.”

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