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Mossel Bay cop, man in court

The pair allegedly beat up a suspect involved in a robbery in the area.

FILE: A Mossel Bay policeman and a civilian have appeared in court for reportedly assaulting a man who ended up in a coma. Picture: Michael Walker/Cape Times.

CAPE TOWN - A policeman and a civilian on Wednesday appeared in court for reportedly assaulting a man.

This is the latest incident of alleged police brutality in the Western Cape.

The detective constable and the civilian were arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) outside Mossel Bay on Monday.

It's believed the pair kicked and punched a suspect involved in a robbery.

The alleged victim suffered severe brain, head and spinal injuries.

The suspect allegedly ended up in a coma.

Ipid's Moses Dlamini says the two men made their first appearance in court on Wednesday.

The case was postponed to 18 March for a formal bail application.

In a separate incident last week, a video surfaced online of two police officers allegedly attacking a naked man in the Cape Town CBD.

The men in blue were suspended, arrested and released on bail.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has lashed out at what it has called "inhumane police brutality" in Cape Town.