Wheel spanner assault

2012-09-06 00:00

A CONTRACT worker for the Msunduzi Municipality was assaulted with a wheel spanner on Tuesday after he was sent to a factory to fix electricity circuit breakers which had tripped.

Benni Njova told The Witness that he arrived at a factory in Willowton to find that the locks to the meter room had been replaced.

To gain access to the meter room, he said, the locks had to be cut with a bolt cutter.

“When I got inside, I saw that it was the circuit breakers that had tripped. I put them up… I left the meter room and put up a council lock on it,” he said.

Then owner of the premises confronted him.

“I was told I did not have permission to cut the locks. As the property owner was phoning her son. I drove to another part of the factory to tell the company owner what the problem was. When I got there, her son arrived and asked who had cut the locks and I told him it was me,” said Njova.

Njova said he was assaulted by a number of men.

“I was hit on my arm with a brick and another punched me and I fell. I was then hit with a wheel spanner, and I was getting kicked and hit with planks,” he said.

When contacted for comment, the property owner referred The Witness to a family spokesperson, who forwarded a written statement.

In the statement the property owner said she was notified by her tenant about what had happened [Njova cutting the locks].

She said she immediately approached him.

“He was very hostile ... I asked him for identification, but none was given. He got into his van and almost ran me over in an attempt to avoid speaking to me.

“I phoned my son who came to the premises immediately. He also tried to approach [the] worker as to why he was there.”

She said Njova became violent and assaulted her son, after which they opened a case of assault.

Police said no case had been opened against Njova, but a case of assault on him was being investigated.

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