Bail for alleged shop abusers

South Africa
April 22 - A Limpopo widow who was brutally assaulted in the storeroom of a clothing store, is again facing her attackers. Esther Mankge was beaten by shop workers after being accused of shoplifting and cellphone footage of the incident went viral.

Limpopo - Three people accused of assaulting a shoplifter with a hammer were granted bail by the Nebo Magistrate's Court, in Limpopo, on Monday.

Shop workers Gladys Maphanga, Refilwe Mzimba and Thabanga Makuwa were released on R2000 bail each.

They were arrested last week after allegedly assaulting 49-year-old Ester Mankge, whom they accused of stealing underwear from a clothing shop.

Co-accused Matthew Makofane and Maria Mahlaela were released on R500 bail each last Tuesday.

Maphanga, Mzimba and Makuwa's bail application was initially delayed for a week after the court discovered they were not first time offenders.

A video of the accused, all employees at the clothing store, shows men beating Mankge with a rubber hammer and kicking her while she begs for mercy.

Police said the attack happened in October last year. The case was opened six months later after the video of the assault was spread via cellphones. This prompted police to search for those involved and arrest them.

Congress of SA Trade Unions and ANC Women's League members protested outside the court on Monday. Both organisations said they were disturbed by the embarrassing and dehumanising video.

They called on the court to hand down a strong sentence, saying it would deter others who tried to take the law into their own hands.

The case was postponed to June 25 for further investigation.

-Sapa

COMMENTS



LATEST STORIES

Officials said there were allegations that residents had set the building alight with criminals inside.
Concerns over whether the law can be implemented.
A Mozambican national has been arrested for possession of explosives in Boitekong, near Rustenburg, North West police said on Friday.

TOP STORIES view all

A total of 146 police officers have been murdered while off-duty over the past three years, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said on Friday.
The World Health Organisation warned west Africa's Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries.
The SPCA on Friday vowed to press charges against anyone linked to the death of a giraffe on the N1 in Pretoria this week.

NEWS STREAMcloseview all

This is the overlay

eNCA Subscriptions

Close