Abuja - Nigeria on Thursday protested the "merciless
beating" of one its nationals by South African police and demanded that
the perpetrators be punished.
Amateur video footage of two armed uniformed policemen
and private guards punching and kicking a man on a Cape Town street went viral
The alleged victim has been identified as Nigerian
national Clement Emekeneh.
"The video of the attack which has appeared on the
social media is particularly disturbing," Nigeria's foreign ministry said
in a statement, which described the incident as a "merciless beating”.
The Nigerian embassy in Pretoria has "sent a
strongly-worded note to the department of foreign affairs of South Africa
protesting the attack and demanding that the perpetrators be brought to
In the video, a security guard rips the shirtless man's
trousers off and then a police officer repeatedly punches and kicks the man in
Another officer holds the victim by the neck.
His underpants come off as the beating continues before
he is loaded into a police car.
Two officers, aged 42 and 45 years old, were arrested,
charged with assault and granted bail on Monday.
The footage has sparked outrage among many South
South African police officers are frequently embroiled in
allegations of brutality, yet prosecutions rarely occur.
Last year, Mozambican national Mido Macia, died after
being dragged behind a moving police patrol van in a town east of Johannesburg.
Nine officers are standing trial for his killing.
Xenophobic attacks across South Africa in May 2008 left
62 people dead and caused thousands to flee their homes.