Workers accused of assault apply for aid

2013-06-25 21:05

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Johannesburg - The case against five people accused of assaulting a woman and filming the incident was postponed in the Nebo Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, Limpopo police said.

"The case was postponed so as to allow some of the accused to apply for legal representation with Legal Aid," police spokesperson Thapelo Lesufi said.

Gladys Maphanga, Refilwe Mzimba, Thabanga Makuwa, Matthew Makofane and Maria Mahlaela allegedly assaulted suspected shoplifter Esther Mankge, 49, after accusing her of stealing underwear from a clothing shop.

Maphanga, Mzimba and Makuwa were out on bail of R2 000 each while their co-accused, Makofane and Mahlaela, were released on bail of R500 each.

The Jane Furse shop workers face charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The incident happened in October last year but the woman did not open a case until someone notified the police of the video that was uploaded on YouTube.

Five clothing shop employees are seen on a cellphone video clip beating Mankge with a rubber hammer and kicking her while she screams and begs for mercy.

The clip was distributed, prompting a search for the victim, and the arrests.

The case was opened on 8 April.

Lesufi said the five were expected back in court on 9 July.

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