'Brutal' CT officers granted bail
A video shows the officers stripping a man and beating him severely.
CAPE TOWN - Two police officers accused of police brutality have been granted bail of R1,500 each.
They appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Monday.
The two warrant officers spent the weekend behind bars after they were arrested.
They were suspended on Friday after police reviewed video footage of the incident.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) says the policemen, who are warrant officers at a Cape Town police station, face an assault charge.
In the video they can be seen repeatedly choking, kicking and punching the man who has been identified as Clement Emekensha, a Nigerian man who was released shortly after the incident.
The sister of the victim claims her brother was also attacked before police arrived.
She says her brother was also attacked by two club owners at a local pub on the same day.
"The owner of the bar started beating him. Him and his brother were kicking him until he fainted."
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the militant tone of police management could be behind the behaviour of some officers.
In January National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega told the South African Human Rights Commission hen protesters carry weapons, burn property and kill people, police need to engage with the community to identify the root of the problem rather than resorting to force.