Woman sues over attack by parolee

2010-03-05 00:00

A NEWCASTLE businesswoman, Daphne Clark, has instituted a damages claim for R358 749 against the Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative, claiming that it was responsible for causing her to employ a dangerous convicted killer who subsequently turned on her and shot her, causing her severe injuries in 2006.

Clark alleges that she was not told about the man’s psychopathic condition and dangerous tendencies.

The case is being set down for trial.

Khulisa CPI has indicated in court papers that it will defend the action, and denies the allegations.

The organisation, which is based in Rosebank, Johannesburg, aims to carry out “rehabilitation and educational services”, according to the documents.

Clark alleges that one of Khulisa’s employees, Ruth Yeo, persuaded her, against her will, to employ a paroled prisoner, James Bheki Mabaso, as a gardener during August or September 2005.

On February 28, 2006, Mabaso and another person allegedly attacked Clark, shooting her in her throat and shoulder.

She was also kicked in her stomach and face during the incident.

Clark alleges that Yeo was negligent in failing to inform her that Mabaso had been convicted of murdering his wife with a machete and was a “classic psychopath, displaying very clever manipulative tendencies while harbouring violent tendencies”.

It is alleged in court papers that Yeo had informed Clark that, while Mabaso was a former prisoner, his conviction stemmed from “relatively minor criminal activity on his part”.

It is alleged that Clark’s injuries caused permanent disfigurement and disability.

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