Social media users were outraged by a video that was posted over the weekend showing a young mother, Thandi Chaparadza (28), being accosted and handcuffed by security guards inside the Shoprite Usave store in Cosmo City, Johannesburg.
According to Chaparadza, she was harassed because her little girl urinated outside the store. The toddler can be heard screaming as the mother is handcuffed and scolded by security guards.
Spokesperson for Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Busaphi Nxumalo, says the MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane visited the victim, as well as the store on Sunday.
The store manager assured them that the two security guards in the video have already been suspended and one has been arrested.
The landlord and the store manager also promised to hand over the two suspended guards to the police.
The did as promised, it happened today and they are detained at Honeydew Saps. They will appear in court tomorrow charged with assault, GBH as well as sexual harassment.— Busaphi Nxumalo, Spokesperson for Gauteng MEC for Community Safety
According to the Criminal Procedure Act, no man is allowed to search a female. They put handcuffs on her which was completely unnecessary.— Busaphi Nxumalo, Spokesperson for Gauteng MEC for Community Safety
Nxumalo explains that the three-year-old wanted to relieve herself but unfortunately, the mother was still in the queue waiting to pay and told her to wait. The little girl then went outside and pulled down her trousers and urinated. Though the mother cleaned up after her child, she claims the security guards would not listen.
The MEC said to them it is never going to happen that a woman is assaulted in Gauteng. We are saying it will never happen under our watch. We do not have a place for people who do not respect others in the province.— Busaphi Nxumalo, Spokesperson for Gauteng MEC for Community Safety
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