South Africa: City of Cape Town's Naked Eviction - It Might Be Legal but It Is Immoral, Say Experts


'The inhumane manner in which the City acted in this case is in conflict with the basic values of our Constitution and with the Constitutional Court's judgments on the matter, which require evictions to be conducted in a humane manner.'

The sight of City of Cape Town law enforcement officials dragging a naked Bulelani Qholani from his shack in Khayelitsha has prompted deep shock and outrage across South Africa.

The images, circulated widely on social media, have a direct link back to apartheid-era humiliation of black people captured in photographs.

Bulelani Qholani outside the shack from where he was dragged out naked during City of Cape Town evictions. (Photo: Gallo Images / Brenton Geach)

From police evidence of naked interracial couples forced to pose after raids under the Immorality Act, to the rows of naked men being examined in mine compounds, footage of the "eviction" will now take its place as a reminder of post-apartheid Cape Town in the middle of a killer pandemic.

The action by the law enforcement officials took place in Empolweni in Khayelitsha on 1 July in full view of residents who filmed the struggle.

The four law enforcement officers involved in the eviction have been...

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