Protest leaders released on R500 bail each

2015-04-12 12:40

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Mbombela - Eight people who allegedly led an illegal gathering of dismissed private security guards in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, were expected back in court on May 5, African Eye News Service reported on Sunday.

The group appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Friday where they were charged with gathering illegally.

It was alleged they had led over 1 000 security guards in protest after the group was dismissed when the provincial government hired new security companies across the province on April 3.

Wilhelmina Patricia Matlakane, Bheki Magagula, Vusi Mabunda, Lucas Maralani, Willies Lubisi, Dumisani Mlambo, Mkhulu Maphanga and Muzi Nkosi were released on R500 bail and ordered not to intimidate guards who kept their jobs or those that never participated in the illegal gathering.

Meanwhile, a nine-month pregnant guard who lost her job, Nomsa Maphanga, 34, from Mgcobaneni village near White River, said she has laid assault charges against guards from one of the newly contracted security companies.

“I was an employee of at one of the companies whose guards were stationed at the Public Works offices in White River. On Tuesday, while we were on site, the new company guards arrived and without warning started assaulting us. My two colleagues ran but I failed due to my pregnancy. Then two guards dragged me into the guard house where they slapped me on my face, kicked me in my stomach and back,” she said.

Maphanga said the guards said they wouldn't mind killing her and the baby in her womb.

“As I screamed for help, community members rescued me from being assaulted further. A Good Samaritan took me into her home. Shortly, an employee from the department arrived and took me to Themba Hospital for treatment,” she said.

She said her family members arrived at the hospital after hearing the news.

"They took me to Kabokweni police station where I opened a case for assault. We had hope the new company would hire us like other companies did after the company we worked for lost their contract three years ago, but instead we got assaulted for no reason,” she said.

Maphanga said the doctor told her the baby was fine.

"It is only me who is not well and I am still in pain. I cannot believe they did that even they could see that I am pregnant. I want justice," she said.

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