Sentencing expected in CT police brutality case

One of the officers implicated in the assault of Clement Emekensha will be sentenced today.

FILE: Nigerian national Clement Emekensha was allegedly stripped naked and assaulted by police. Picture: Michael Walker/Cape Times.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Police Union (Sapu) says officers, who fail in their duty to serve and protect, must face the full might of law.

One of two former Cape Town police officers, who were caught on camera assaulting Nigerian national Clement Emekensha earlier this year, will be sentenced today.

Gerrit Januarie has pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

His colleague David Gunn has pleaded not guilty.

Video footage of the assault of the naked Nigerian man clearly features the two officers beating and kicking him repeatedly.

The victim makes no attempt to fight back.

The attack took place outside a sports bar in the Cape Town CBD in March this year.

Januarie will today be sentenced for his role in the violent assault.

Sapu's Joseph Manuel hopes the sentence fits the crime.

"We are always of the opinion that justice must take its course and the sentence will indicate how serious the courts are with incidents like this."

Both officers are no longer part of the police service.