Video footage showing man attacked by South African police
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#BBCtrending: South African police brutality caught on camera

A video showing a Nigerian man being brutally attacked by uniformed police in South Africa has sparked public outrage.

The footage, which was posted to social media, led to the suspension and arrest of two police officers and prompted a heated discussion about South Africa's attitudes towards immigrants.

In a statement to #BBCtrending, the South African Police Service confirmed that the officers involved were from Cape Town Central police station. A spokesperson said they were "horrified" by the incident and said an internal investigation has been launched.

The independent police watchdog leading the inquiry told #BBCtrending that social media played a pivotal role in leading to the arrests.

There are approximately 17,000 registered Nigerians living in South Africa, according to a study. But it's estimated that up to a million undocumented immigrants are in the country.

Anne-Marie Tomchak from #BBCtrending reports

Produced by Dean Arnett

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  • 11 Mar 2014
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