"Before I could cover myself up these guys were already destroying my shack. I asked them, 'What is happening?' They said, 'We cannot have any communication with you.' I asked them for a court order and then they asked me how long my home had been standing there and I told them it has been two weeks."
He said his pleas to be allowed to dress were ignored. "I gave them my ID, being one of the few legal documents I have, hoping that by doing so they would respect my rights. But things heated up. They pepper-sprayed me and dragged me outside in the full glare of the public.
"At some stage during the tussle, an isiXhosa-speaking officer approached and said, 'Heybhuti, susokolisa [brother, stop causing trouble]'. I thought he would have empathy, because if you drag a Xhosa man naked in public like that, you have killed him. By doing so, you are not only attacking me but you are attacking all Xhosa men.
"Those law enforcement officials must understand that they did not only compromise my dignity but that of each and every Xhosa man."