- On Wednesday, a viral video showed a naked man being dragged out of his shack during evictions
- Bulelani Qholani was dragged naked out of his shack by City of Cape Town law enforcement officers in an incident the mayor now says was "staged"
- Dan Plato said there is footage that shows Qholani was clothed during the evictions
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Last week the country was taken aback by a viral video of a naked man being dragged out of his shack by City of Cape Town officials.
The man, identified as 28-year old Bulelani Qholani, was in dragged naked from his Khayelitsha shack during evictions by law enforcement officers.
Controversial City of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato has suggested that there is evidence showing Qholani was fully clothed during the evictions.
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"All video and photographic evidence has been handed over to investigators, who will further conduct their own interviews regarding the incident between Law Enforcement officials and Mr Bulelani Qolani.
"Video footage filmed by law enforcement officials contains new perspectives not visible in the public viral video.
"This includes footage showing Mr Qolani clothed and standing outside during the operation to remove five illegal structures on Wednesday, 1 July 2020. Mr Qolani looks directly into the camera, as Law Enforcement officials are heard dismantling illegal structures. This indicates Mr Qolani was not bathing as claimed. "
Four city of Cape Town law enforcement officials involved in the incident have since been suspended.
Briefly.co.za reported that the South African Human Rights Commission will be taking the City of Cape Town to the equality court over the incident.
Qholani has also pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa to help him regain his dignity after the incident many described as "inhumane" including the EFF, Irvin Jim and Cape Town Premier Alan Winde.
The comments by Plato that Qholani got undressed as a tactic to "embarrass" the Cape Town government were met with strong criticism by the public.
Twitter slammed Plato, who once installed open-air toilets in Khayelitsha.
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