A naked man has been filmed getting dragged out of the shack he was bathing himself in before it was destroyed by cops, in a disturbing video that has sparked outrage online.
The incident happened at the township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, South Africa on July 1.
It shows 28-year-old Bulelani Qholani being pushed out of his shack by police officers who were reportedly carrying out an eviction order.
Clearly distressed, Qholani struggles with the officers before he gets tackled to the ground.
He eventually manages to return to the shack but officials can then be seen starting to tear it down.
Local authorities have confirmed they are in the process of suspending and taking disciplinary action against four officers.
Speaking outside the City of Cape Town offices, Qholani said: “Yesterday when we were fighting, they kicked me in my genitals, they also kicked me on my spinal cord and shoved me onto my bed as they were trying to force me out of the house.”
Safety and security official Richard Bosman added that the city “takes these allegations very seriously”.
“Our staff are subjected to very challenging circumstances while carrying out anti-land invasion operations, which are to protect land earmarked for housing opportunities and other services (sic),” he continued.
“After the removal of illegal structures, new attempts are made to invade again on a daily basis. There is an interdict in place as well as a recent court order which allows only 49 households to temporarily remain on the land until after the lockdown.”
“The city must also maintain this recent court order, which the community is aware of.”
The incident has faced a wave of criticism, with the minister for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu calling it a “barbaric eviction”, adding that Qholainy was “humiliated as he fought for his basic right to shelter, is unconscionable.”
JP Smith, the mayoral committee member for safety and security, stated that the council will “act swiftly against staff when incidents like this happen”.