Police brutality victim was assaulted twice

Nigerian national Clement Emekensha was allegedly assaulted before police got hold of him.

Nigerian national Clement Emekensha was allegedly assaulted before police got hold of him. Picture: Michael Walker/Cape Times.

CAPE TOWN - It appears the Nigerian national allegedly attacked at the hands of Cape Town police officers was assaulted before police got hold of him.

It's been reported Clement Emekensha first came under attack in a sports bar before police arrived.

One of the accused is the owner of the bar.

Warrant officers David Gunn and Gerrit Januarie were arrested on Friday soon after a video showing them attacking Emekensha was posted Facebook and went viral.

In the video they can be seen repeatedly choking, kicking and punching Emekensha.

The two appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Monday on an assault charge and were released on R1,500 bail each.

But shortly after their court appearance, the bar owner and another man appeared in court, also on charges of assault.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)'s Moses Dlamini says they are investigating the matter.

"Our investigations normally take 90 days but it could vary; this could be shorter or longer, depending on the information."

Meanwhile, 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 when 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.