Cape Town – The City of Cape Town has launched an investigation into allegations that its law enforcement officers assaulted a homeless man, unprovoked, near the Western Cape High Court.
Rudy Oosterwyk said he had been walking down Leeuwen Street last Tuesday when he saw six men, of which two were law enforcement officers, shoving, beating and pepper-spraying a man around his fifties, before cuffing him.
Oosterwyk lodged a formal complaint to the City and with the SA Human Rights Commission.
City executive director for safety and security Richard Bosman said: “The City is aware of the allegation and has also received a complaint in this regard.
“The matter is under investigation. We’ve since obtained statements from the officers involved in the incident. We’ve also secured video footage from a nearby CCTV camera.”