'Cops forced Swiss student to strip'

The student didn't press charges as it would mean he would later have to come back to SA.

FILE: A generic picture of an unidentified member of the South African Police Service. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - With police brutality in the spotlight, a Cape Town woman has related how a Swiss student was dragged into the back of a police van and told to strip naked.

Ruth Goble claims the 27-year-old intern who'd recently been working at her company on the foreshore was stopped by police as authorities suspected he had drugs with him.

Goble says the student didn't want to lay charges because it meant having to return to South Africa for the case at a later stage.

"We asked him to press charges, we asked him to at least go and report it. He was reluctant to do so, he was a very self-sufficient guy and luckily took it as sort of a South African experience. But we were horrified."

In a separate incident a policeman and a civilian accused of s everely assaulting a man in Mossel Bay are expected to apply for bail next week.

The pair were arrested earlier this month for allegedly assaulting a robbery suspect, leaving him in a coma.

In another incident, two policemen were arrested after a video went viral showing them attacking a Nigerian man.