- City of Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said Bulelani Qholani was fully clothed before the law enforcement officers came
- On Wednesday a video emerged of Qholani being dragged naked out his Khayelitsha shack in full view of the public
- Plato said Qholani did this as a 'tactic' to make the city look bad
Controversial Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato claims Bulelani Qholani, the man who was dragged naked out of his shack, took his clothes off on purpose.
On Wednesday, a video was shared of City of Cape Town law enforcement officers dragging a naked Qholani out of his Khayelitsha shack during evictions.
Speaking to eNCA, Plato has suggested that Qholani took his clothes off as a tactic to make the City of Cape Town look bad.
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"I think it was to some extent deliberately done to put the city of Cape Town in a very bad light. It is not the first incident and it is not the last incident."
The mayor said it was common that in many of the raids where structures need to be demolished, people stand in front of the structures naked.
Plato said he did not condone that Qholani was naked and was dragged out of his shack without an attempt to clothe him, reported TimesLIVE.
Briefly.co.za reported that the South African Human Rights Commission is taking the City of Cape Town to the Equality Court over the 'humiliating' incident.
28-year old Qholani said he wants the city to be held accountable.
When asked where Qholani slept on Thursday night, Plato said:
"Maybe with friends, maybe at his other house. My thinking is that this structure was not his structure."
Cape Town Premier Alan Winde has condemned the 'dehumanising' incident, saying police brutality has no place in the Western Cape and South Africa.
Four City of Cape Town law enforcement officers have since been suspended. Plato said a full-scale investigation was underway to establish what had occurred step by step.
People have been left shocked by Plato's comments on the incident but the mayor is no stranger to incidents of indignity.
In 2010, the City of Cape Town built open-air toilets in Khayelitsha and when probed on the matter, Plato defending the act by the saying the ANC also did it when they ran the city.
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