Security firm denies Cosatu racist genital search claim

2010-07-06 12:57

A security company has denied, as an attempt at defamation, the claim by Cosatu that a Sun City spa employee’s genitals were searched during a theft investigation.

“The facts are that proper procedures were followed in all cases following the alleged theft on 22 May 2010 of R400 from a guest’s locker at the venue,” said a Falcon Security managing director Elgar Rademeyer.

He said three women were interviewed, permission was requested to search them, and all three made statements about their knowledge of events on that day.

“In their statements, two of the women specifically requested to be searched in order to prove their innocence and all three women gave written permission to be searched,” Rademeyer said.

He said that at no time were their genitals searched and the security officer said she did not ask them to take their clothes off.

“Their belongings were searched in the presence of a (Cosatu) shop steward and a manageress of Gatsby (the spa where they worked).”

Only females were present during the search, Rademeyer said, adding that nothing incriminating was found.

However, the women had sent the security company a demand for compensation for being searched, he said.

“This is only the latest attack by Cosatu on Falcon Security, each one based on misinformation and bearing little relation to the truth,” said Rademeyer.

Sun International said on Monday that Sun City director of operations Jo Kentgens immediately launched a full investigation on hearing the allegations and offered counselling to the employees involved.

Sun International said those concerned were not employees of Sun International or Sun City, but of Gatsby International and that it did not know about the search.

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