- Four Cape Town law enforcement officials will be suspended after manhandling a naked man out of his shack in Khayelitsha.
- A video was shared of law enforcement officials dragging a naked man out of his shack and then demolishing the man's home
- Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said has called the incident 'distasteful'
South Africans have been left traumatised after a video of Cape Town law enforcement officers stripping a man of his dignity emerged.
The video circulating on various social media shows several City of Cape Town law enforcement officers dragging a man, who had been taking a bath, out of his shack while the naked man is fighting to go back inside the shack, presumably to put on some clothes.
The City of Town is in the process of suspending four law enforcement officers who were caught on camera manhandling the naked man in Khayelitsha, said News24.
When the man finally escaped the grips of the officers, he ran back to his shack, which they had begun to tear down.
In a statement issued by the City on Wednesday night, it claimed it was in the process of suspending and applying disciplinary procedures against four law enforcement officials.
The statement read:
"The city has been made aware of video footage concerning law enforcement officials in Khayelitsha and a resident today while they were on duty in the area. We are in the process of suspending four staff members involved in the incident pending the outcome of the investigation."
The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu has condemned the 'distasteful incident' and asked the Western Cape government to hold those implicated accountable.
TimesLIVE reported that National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) president Irvin Jim called the incident "inhumane".
The Western Cape government has gained notoriety for being anti-poor and oppressed the already unfortunate homeless people. Last year, the City of Cape Town came under fire for saying it will start fining homeless people for violating by-laws such as starting fires on the side of the pavement.
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