Cop in police brutality video suspended
A video, which has gone viral, shows three policemen assaulting a 50-year-old woman in Kraaifontein.
CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town police officer has been suspended after a video of him and two colleagues allegedly assaulting a woman surfaced this week.
The three South African Police Service (SAPS) members can be seen assaulting the 50-year-old woman in Kraaifontein.
The incident occurred late last month but only recently came to light.
Police assisted the woman in opening a case on Wednesday night.
The 45-year-old sergeant has been suspended while the incident is investigated internally and also by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).
The video shows three police officers manhandling the woman.
At one stage, an official stands on her neck as he tries to subdue her.
The attack took place in full view of the public and onlookers can be seen screaming at the officers.
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Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says he's disgusted by the incident.
"I'm disgusted. I think this is being softly put. It's totally horrific."
Lamoer says the behaviour of the police officers, is unbecoming, adding it's infuriating that this incident took place at a time when there is a heightened awareness around violence against women and children.
"What infuriates one is that this incident occurs at a time when there is heightened awareness on violence against vulnerable groups such as women, children and the elderly."
A video of the incident has since gone viral.