Pick n Pay Assault: Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) stormed Ivory Park Pick n Pay in protest against the store manager who ordered a security man to beat up of the Pick n Pay employees.
The social media was abuzz a couple of days ago after a picture of the assaulted employee went viral on the internet.
Reports had it that the manager of the store in Ivory Park, Ekurhuleni, Obed Chauke, on the day of the incident, instructed a security man to beat up the employee after an argument.
Following the incident, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), led by shop steward Godfrey Moleko, protested outside the Ivory Park Pick n Pay in support of the victim on July 7. The EFF followed suit on July 8 and 9 by holding a massive protest inside the store.
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Meanwhile, the security officer (Hadlisa Security employee) who carried out the beating is currently cooling off behind bars at the Ivory Park Police Station. He was arrested on July 11 and is expected to appear in the Tembisa Magistrates’ Court.
Ivory Park Police Station spokesperson Captain Bernard Matimulane confirmed that a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was laid against him.
Pick n Pay assistant store manager Ellington Mabena confirmed that Chauke has not been coming to work since the incident took place.
“I’m uncertain if he has been suspended, but all I know is that he has not been coming to work ever since the alleged incident took place. The rest of the staff members said they do not want to see him at the store because they do not feel safe after what allegedly happened to one of their colleagues,” Mabena said.
Fawu shop steward Godfrey Moleko has called for Chauke to be banned from working in all retail stores in Gauteng.
An investigation has been launched to establish whether or not Chauke instructed the security guard to assault the Pick n Pay employee.