Ocean Basket gives franchise owner the chop after assault video

Ocean Basket has parted ways with a former franchise owner who was caught on video assaulting an employee.

The man in question was immediately divested of his shares and is no longer part of the group, explains Ocean Basket CEO Grace Harding.

According to Harding, the man's actions were in breach of contract.

She says that a new manageress has been appointed at the restaurant's Lakefield franchise.

He is no longer the owner. Before the end of the week, there will be a new contract signed with a new owner.

Grace Harding, CEO of Ocean Basket

He has lost his business.

Grace Harding, CEO of Ocean Basket

CCTV footage from the restaurant caused outrage on social media after it emerged two weeks ago.

In the video, the white franchise owner can be seen slapping the black staff members in the face several times and also using his knee in the assault.

Harding says that the assault victim is receiving counseling along with other staff members.

She explains that the the assaulted employee does not want to lay charges at this stage.

Take a listen to her reflect on what the group has learnt:


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