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April 18, 2013

Brutal beating in South Africa goes viral

Incidents spotlight concerns over frequency of violent attacks by police, security guards.

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A viral video of a whipping is fueling outrage in South Africa. In the clip, security guards hold down and whip a woman they accuse of shoplifting. In another video, a woman is beaten by an off-duty South African police officer. The videos have broadened a debate over accountability for security and law enforcement in South Africa.