Elderly man allegedly abused because he 'wanted to steal'

2017-05-12 18:46
The elderly man who was assaulted for allegedly attempting to steal. (Facebook)

The elderly man who was assaulted for allegedly attempting to steal. (Facebook)

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Cape Town - An elderly man from the Cape Flats was allegedly abused by workers in a workshop in Grassy Park when he was manhandled and shocked with jumper cables, Netwerk24 reports.

In a video, loaded onto Facebook, it can be seen how one worker holds the man and another threatens him with a hammer.

The man is believed to be called Zainoedien.

The worker with the hammer asks Zainoedien which hammer he prefers to be hit with while the other man puts his hand in a vice.

The elderly man begs the two men to not hurt him and promises that he would never do “it” again. The men can be heard laughing in the video.

Later a towel is thrown over Zainoedien’s head after which his hand is put in the vice again. One man asks Zainoedien if he will lie to him again, and then hits his hand with the hammer.

In another video, Zainoedien is told to hold jumper cables while another worker starts a vehicle’s engine.

Alpine Auto Electric, Mechanical & Autotronics' manager Saaligh Hendricks said the intention was never to hurt Zainoedien.

“A week and a half ago he came here, like he regularly does, to beg for money. We were busy with clients and asked him to wait until we are done with them. He then tried to steal one of our machines, when two of our employees tried to scare him,” Hendricks said.

“He regularly comes here and we regularly give him money when we have, but when he tried to steal, we just wanted to scare him. He was here again following the incident.”

Hendricks said after the videos appeared on Facebook, many people voiced their dissatisfaction over the incident.

“We ask for forgiveness from the public for the manner which we handled it. It was not meant to be a joke. We just wanted to scare him.”

He however said they did not lay a complaint of theft at the police station. The owner of the garage was not available for comment.

Many people on the Cape flats said the man had been begging on the corners of streets for many years. He apparently asks motorist for a lift where after he tells them that his wife passed away and asks for money.

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