A Khayelitsha woman has been left badly injured after she was beaten close to death, allegedly by a colleague she claims was drunk at work. Winnie Venge, 43, has a plaster cast on her left arm and has a gash on her head and has almost lost her pinky finger, amid claims that she was viciously beaten by a colleague where they work as security guards in Darling on Monday. Venge, from Makhaza, said she was working as a casual at Orion Events Solutions, a security firm, when the fracas, involving a colleaguen from Strand, broke out on Monday morning.“I began working at the event on the 4th of October and I was partnered with a man I have never met before. Throughout the event we kept being placed in different posts ... On the day of the incident, we were posted together and around midnight we received an order to switch from the supervisor via the radio,”.Venge alleges that the man was drunk during the attack, as they had been drinking leftover alcohol from the event.She said that she later saw her partner being taken to the management office after he was caught drinking on the job. She said that they had offered her the alcohol, but she refused because she does not take alcohol.“He asked why I had behaved like I was better than everyone else, raising his voice. As I tried to walk away, he hit me with a steel rod. I tried to run away but I couldn’t shake him off. He hit me so much I could feel the pain for the gash on my head.Venge added the other guards finally intervened, and he stopped the beating.She was later taken to Swartland Hospital, where she was treated for the gash and the broken arm.Lee Sharples, Managing Director at Orion Events Solutions, said according to the information they received, it was a lover’s quarrel. “The two were on duty and we were not aware that there might be relations between them.” He said he could not comment further as the matter was still under police investigation.