Official suspended for beating foreigner

2012-04-11 07:50
Johannesburg - A home affairs official was suspended on Tuesday for allegedly beating a foreign national with a sjambok, the department said.

Spokesperson Manusha Pillai said the man allegedly beat the foreigner at a satellite office at the Pretoria Showgrounds.

She said large numbers of foreign nationals visited both the Marabastad and its Pretoria Showgrounds satellite offices to apply for permits that would allow them to reside in the country legally.

Management had made arrangements that women and the disabled should be served first, she said.

"This resulted in some of the men who were awaiting services to become agitated and force themselves to the front of the queue so they could be assisted. When the security official attempted to restrain the crowd, it resulted in him allegedly assaulting one of the foreign nationals."

Upon receipt of the complaint the department served the official implicated with an order of suspension, pending an investigation and disciplinary process.

The security official was employed by the department. Pillay said the foreigner was not injured.

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