Guard whipped for latecoming
PIGG’S PEAK – A 30-year-old security guard was shocked when he was assaulted for reporting to work late by businessman Lucky Ngubane.
The security guard Jabulani Magongo (38) from Herefords works for a company Ngubane had hired to provide security for his properties.
He claims he got eight strokes on his buttocks after being made to lie on the ground. He was also allegedly stripped some of his clothes. He says he was accused of coming to work late last Saturday. Ngubane, is the owner of Lucky’s Ark Investment. Mag-ongo said the last time he was beaten in such a manner was when he was a teenager. He said what saddened him is that his alleged assailant, Ngubane, was not even his boss. He says his rights as an employee had been violated. He said even if he deserved punishment, Ngubane was not the rightful person to punish him.
"He made fun of me regardless that I am also a human being who has feelings. Ngubane ordered his employees to grab me so that he can ‘fix’ me up," he said. Speaking to the Times SUNDAY on Wednesday, Magongo said he had been deployed near the Mahlongwane building where he is guarding Ngubane’s complex.
Ngubane is currently constructing a vehicle spare parts shop and a fitting centre. "I reported for work at 5.10pm, making me 10 minutes late. I found Ngubane together with one of my supervisors on the site. Ngubane was in the company of his employees who are working on the site," he said. "As soon as they spotted me, he instructed his employees to force me to the floor and he beat me on the buttocks. He used a big stick which broke into pieces. He gave me eight strokes on the buttocks and four on the back," he said. He said he tried to ask his assailant what his sin was but the response he got was that he (Magongo) was not respectful.
"He told me that if his building material got stolen he would lay a charge against me then pay bail for my release," he alleged. Magongo was found at Malanda where he is renting a flat. He voluntarily showed reporters the welts which he said were still painful. He could not walk properly but said he was responding positively to the medication he got from the Pigg’s Peak Government Hospital for his welts. "I hid the whole night until morning when I eventually reported the matter to my boss. It was after making this report that I went to the police who took me to hospital. I was treated and discharged," he said.
Assistant Superintendent Stephen Dlamini, Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, on Friday confirmed knowledge of the matter. He said: "The matter was reported to the Pigg’s Peak police and they are still investigating. No one has been arrested so far."
Beating employees is strictly prohibited - Labour Commissioner
MBABANE – Albert Simelane, acting Deputy
Labour Commissioner, says beating an employee is strictly prohibited.
Interviewed yesterday, Simelane said no matter how wrong an employee was the employer should not beat him or her.
"This is provided for by the law. Nobody, employee or employer, should assault anyone during work time," he said. He said the Employment Act of 1980 applied to both the employer and the employee.
Subsection 36 (b) of the Act states that it shall be fair for an employer to terminate the service of an employee; "if the employee is guilty of a dishonest act, violence, threats or ill-treatment towards his employer, or towards any member of the employer’s family or any other employee of the undertaking in which he is employed."
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