Marburg factory owner threatened

2011-09-14 00:00

A FORMER employee of a clothing factory threatened the owner with a knife, claiming that she still owed her money from three years ago.

The incident took place in the Marburg industrial area on Thursday afternoon.

The complainant, Risha Ramsaroop, said police did not arrive at the scene although they had been alerted.

However, security company Lazer 911 arrived within 10 minutes and arrested the intruder.

Ramsaroop said she had just arrived at work after making deliveries when the woman barged into the factory and demanded to see her.

“She pushed past my supervisor and appeared to be intoxicated.”

The woman, who worked for her three years ago, said she owed her wages for two days.

“As far as I know, her wages had been paid in full. But the woman said I still owed her R200.”

She said she could see that the woman had been drinking and was violent and aggressive.

She decided to give her the money to make her leave.

The woman became more aggressive and started shouting that Ramsaroop had scolded her employees.

“I tried to keep calm as I could see the woman’s temper was rising, but before I knew it she pulled out a knife and held it at her side.”

Ramsaroop said she was shaken.

“My employees were busy, but one of them saw her pull out the knife,” said Ramsaroop.

The employee didn’t try to intervene, as both of them could have been hurt, she said.

“I continued to keep calm and eventually the woman left without hurting me or anyone else.”

Ramsaroop alerted the police and the security company.

“Lazer 911 was there within minutes, but the police never arrived,” she said.

Security officer Gansen Naidoo detained the woman for about an hour, waiting for police to arrive to make a formal arrest.

“I phoned them again and the operator at the control room said there were no police vehicles available,” Ramsaroop said.

Naidoo eventually took the woman to the police station.

Ramsaroop said, “I feared for my life, but the police were so unhelpful that I didn’t lay a charge. Instead I obtained a protection order.”

She then found out that the woman is a street vendor trading a few metres from her business.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the complaint was discussed with Colonel William Slabbert of Port Shepstone police.

Wiid said that the matter is receiving attention and will be investigated.

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