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Carlton Centre regrets attack on lesbian

2012-07-30 18:10

Johannesburg - Management of Johannesburg's Carlton Centre on Monday condemned a reported attack on a lesbian by its security guards.

Gender-based violence would not be tolerated at the shopping mall, spokesperson Mboniso Sigonyela said.

Remedial steps would be taken for any wrong-doing.

Sigonyela was commenting on behalf of the Transnet Group, the company that owns the Carlton Centre.

Bonisiwe Mtshali, 29, was beaten unconscious after kissing her girlfriend goodbye on 13 June, The Star newspaper reported on Monday.

Sigonyela said: "We have learnt with regret about the unfortunate incident and wish to apologise unreservedly to the lady and the public."

He said management had asked its head of security to conduct a full investigation.

"The woman will also be consulted as part of this process," he said.

Mtshali was beaten up after kissing her girlfriend goodbye on 13 June.

"I accompany her to work every morning... and every morning I give her a goodbye kiss," her partner, Khanyisa Ndoda, told the newspaper

"But as we kissed that day, we heard these guys saying "Some people will never reach heaven and shouting 'voetsek'."

Mtshali confronted the three security guards from Hlanganani Protection Services, contracted to the centre.

They allegedly assaulted her. She regained consciousness three hours later.

Comments
  • Jellyarse - 2012-07-30 21:44

    Owned by the Stanley - Blick Group of Companies I think! They formed Hlanganani as a BEE company to get tenders like this - pity they can't select quality staff anywhere in their SA group!

      james.bondiski - 2012-07-31 10:52

      The security guards think they own the carlton centre.they are arrogant and foolish. I HOPE THESE GUARDS ALONG WITH THEIR MANAGER GETS WHATS OWED TO THEM,+INTEREST. THIS UNFORTUNATELY IS THE TREND AT THE CARLTON AND MUST BE STOPPED!!!

  • Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-07-30 22:23

    Pathetic!

  • belinda.west.543 - 2012-07-31 08:52

    I hope justice is served and these 'security' personnel go to JAIL!!! These hate-crimes must not be tolerated.

      mbossenger - 2012-07-31 10:25

      Doing the right thing? Beating up someone because of their sexual orientation is the right thing? What kind of a sick and twisted person are you?

      james.bondiski - 2012-07-31 11:01

      hey nhamo maybe you should apply to hlangani as a sucurity guard.(same mentality!!)

  • Bulawa.Pops - 2012-07-31 11:06

    Ah f*** those ppl who buzy judgin others ppl's lives man

  • cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-07-31 11:19

    Why can't everybody just live and let live. If it doesn't affect your life, why worry about it?

  • latifah.mokhele - 2012-07-31 17:15

    Its a long walk to freedom hey,but we sure will get there..justice better get served....

  • MukiCT - 2012-07-31 17:28

    and I'm quite intristed bout the part where the police told them it's no big deal ... this story was reported and there nothing from SAPS yet ...

  • tcnomarola - 2012-07-31 17:45

    That security company needs to be disciplined and its staff as well..even a dismissal they deserve it..

  • tcnomarola - 2012-07-31 17:46

    That security company needs to be disciplined and its staff as well..even a dismissal they deserve it..

  • tcnomarola - 2012-07-31 17:47

    That security company needs to be disciplined and its staff as well..even a dismissal they deserve it..

  • tcnomarola - 2012-07-31 17:47

    That security company needs to be disciplined and its staff as well..even a dismissal they deserve it..

  • neo.mmatli1 - 2012-07-31 17:49

    Utter bull dust...our power justice system will never protect us but go steal at any retail store, you will be send straight to the holding cells. James I couldn't have said it any better, less educated fools.

  • liebedich1 - 2012-09-07 23:45

    Looks like the victim here is no stranger to perpertuating violence against women. Via Friends Of Open Closet (FOC) Forum..... this what Mpho (Bonisiwe's ex) had to say: Mpho Arends-Sefole ?2day Boni goes to court 4 being assaulted. She beat me up at Soweto Pride in 2010 and the case neva materialised.... The police told me i hav no case! Our judicial system is on sum other tip for more....visit the site and read the blog.

  • Mpho Nefuri - 2014-02-27 15:11

    We wish to confirm that the security officer were found guilty and sentenced. Now we have sued the security company and we are going to South Gauteng High Court on the 05th of March 2014

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