‘Baboon’ case must continue

2011-09-24 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG magistrate yesterday declined to discharge Fidelity Guards manager Derrick Cross , who is charged with crimen injuria for allegedly calling a security guard a baboon last year.

The defence applied for Cross to be discharged at the close of the state’s case after defence advocate Shane Matthews submitted that the state witnesses who gave evidence in the matter were unsatisfactory and unreliable gave contradictory versions.

However, magistrate C. Zungu yesterday refused the application for a discharge and ruled that Cross should be placed on his defence.

The case centres on an allegation by a security guard, Nhlanhla Mbanjwa, that Cross called him a baboon and took away his cellphone during an incident at Parklane shopping centre on November 10 last year. Cross has denied calling Mbanjwa a baboon.

The defence alleges Mbanjwa made up the story because Cross confiscated the cellphone, which Mbanjwa was using in contravention of company policy while guarding ATM machines. He also warned him he could expect discplinary action.

The case has been postponed to November 18 for the defence case.

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