Limpopo woman relives attack

A screengrab from an exclusive Daily Sun video which shows a woman being beaten with a belt and rubber hammer.
WARNING: Graphic video footage of three men assaulting an elderly Limpopo woman, who was accused of shoplifting. Video: Daily Sun.
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JOHANNESBURG - A woman filmed being beaten in a Limpopo clothing store in 2012 said she felt humiliated after the video of the attack went viral and was seen by her children and relatives.

Esther Mankge is seen being hit with a belt and a rubber hammer in the back of the store while being dragged around by her legs.

The incident happened in October and five suspects, three men and two women, have since been arrested.

Mankge said she was walking out of the clothing store when an alarm went off.

She was then accused of shoplifting.

She said a woman immediately hit her before she was dragged to the back of the store and further assaulted.

Mankge claims her attackers took R1,000 from her saying it would pay for all the things she stole.

She denies stealing anything and said she was repeatedly kicked in her genitals.

Mankge said the case was only reported to the police once the video went viral.

A manager at the store said disciplinary hearings are being held alongside the criminal case and has described the attack as totally unacceptable.

Last week, a video of a policeman assaulting a woman at a Free State filling station went viral.

The off-duty officer can be seen kicking the woman in the presence of two uniformed officers who try to intervene, but do not arrest the man.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the matter.