Official suspended for beating foreigner

2012-04-11 07:50

Johannesburg - A home affairs official was suspended on Tuesday for allegedly beating a foreign national with a sjambok, the department said.

Spokesperson Manusha Pillai said the man allegedly beat the foreigner at a satellite office at the Pretoria Showgrounds.

She said large numbers of foreign nationals visited both the Marabastad and its Pretoria Showgrounds satellite offices to apply for permits that would allow them to reside in the country legally.

Management had made arrangements that women and the disabled should be served first, she said.

"This resulted in some of the men who were awaiting services to become agitated and force themselves to the front of the queue so they could be assisted. When the security official attempted to restrain the crowd, it resulted in him allegedly assaulting one of the foreign nationals."

Upon receipt of the complaint the department served the official implicated with an order of suspension, pending an investigation and disciplinary process.

The security official was employed by the department. Pillay said the foreigner was not injured.

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  • Werner - 2012-04-11 08:13

    The ineptocracy in full swing, make him police commissioner.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-11 08:25

    We recently went to our local home affairs. At the Visa section there were at least 50 people in front of us in the queue, and one person serving! The guy who stood in front of us said he was there the previous day, stood for 8 hours and was told at 4 to come back the following day. We waited 45 minutes, and the lady serving was still helping the first customer of the day. We left, it was a useless exercise.

  • nomvula.twala - 2012-04-11 08:30

    If you cant beat them,join them. The security decided he is going to beat the hell out of this foreigner.

      Michael - 2012-06-07 17:12

      I hope an angry cogolese man catches you around a corner at night you blerrie racist..I spit in your face

  • Den - 2012-04-11 08:30


      Werner - 2012-04-11 08:55

      He got a harsher punishment than Malema

  • Erich - 2012-04-11 08:36

    This official set an exemplary example by reaching out to the foreigner.

  • Nosiphom - 2012-04-11 08:39

    Those guys were pushing, being unruly, demanding service, send them back home! Why is South Africa having such an influx of all economic refugees from African Countries, Pakistan, etc??? Give the man a bells instead!

      Werner - 2012-04-11 08:55

      i agree we cannot even feed our own people

      TheMonk - 2012-04-11 09:00

      It is exactly this kind of thinking that makes us the joke that we are. Have you heard of the law? Probably not! People like you are an embarassment to this country.

      Marion - 2012-04-11 09:05

      @Nosiphom - I disagree with 'sending them home' because they were being unruly. But I fully support your comment about ECONOMIC refugees. Way too many of them. Big difference between seeking asylum because your life is endangered by civil war etc., and just wanting to earn money by entering the country illegally.

      TheMonk - 2012-04-11 09:13

      Agreed Marion. But we should fix the problem and not the symptoms. Instead of trying to fix the problem, we are becoming part of the problem by supporting what the likes of Nosiphom are advocating.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-11 10:14

      Nosiphom.. the Locals are lazy,, the foreigners wanna work. Thats the difference. I see foreigners sell grass, baskets and the like alongside the road. The locals stand at the robots and beg.

  • Marion - 2012-04-11 08:43

    What is this nonsense about allowing women to jump the queue ahead of men? The disabled yes. The aged yes. But women want equal opportunity in everything so they can have equal opportunity to stand in the queue in my opinion.

      yummyhamster - 2012-04-11 09:57

      but then the thing is also .. as a disabled person will you be allowed to live and work in america or the uk ? this is sounding harsh but people who can not be a benefit to our economy should not be given permits. at the end of the day it is our taxes that pays for their upkeep instead of building this country up to where it could and should be. same with the elderly. the only exception should be if they are fleeing for their lives because of war and genocide in their home country.

      Marion - 2012-04-11 10:54

      @yummyhamster - I agree with your comments. I did not intend my comment to be taken to refer to old and disabled foreigners. Was just trying to make the point that women should not expect to be treated differently to men.

  • Nuggets - 2012-04-11 08:51

    So... many... immigrants...

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-11 08:59

    Promote the man if he is a cadre

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-11 09:05

    I don't see why it's so easy to get a permit to stay here. To get a visa just to visit overseas you are put under great scrutiny and sometimes no matter how in order your affairs are you are denied. We really can't even help our own but we'll keep bringing in foreigners for what??

  • Bennie - 2012-04-11 09:25

    Hit the guy with a sjambok...but he is not injured?? Did he miss or is the other person made of steel:)

  • Donald - 2012-04-11 10:13

    they fight for justice in our country, why cant they do so in thier own country's.

  • Michael - 2012-06-07 17:11

    nothing new...the sense or lack thereof in compassion is an overiding factor of about 90 percent of civil servants....

  • wilson.kimpanga - 2012-07-20 18:47

    that problem of beating refugee and insulting refugee is cesed yet and the beaviour of security at home affairs specialy in cape town the queue ins too long and one there are to kill some by the vehicule which is comeing from waterfront because the place is too narrow no take care with that official use the word in facof,go back to your country if you need we film that word and send it to you send us some equipement we will bring the proof in secret we the video camera and camero for picture when you talk about it after one week they start againg you need to interiew the refugees and asylum seekers themselves there not protected thanks

  • wilson.kimpanga - 2012-07-20 18:50

    why unhcr does not want to sent all asylum seekers to australia,newsland,canada,america where there looking for them it is pity

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