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Store owner condemns beating

David Alexander of CB Stores says he will support and help the Limpopo woman who was beaten in his store.

A screengrab from an exclusive Daily Sun video which shows an elderly woman being beaten with a belt and rubber hammer.

JOHANNESBURG - As reaction continues to pour in over the arrest of five people for beating a Limpopo woman, the owners of the store where she was beaten on Wednesday promised an investigation and assistance to the victim.

Esther Mankge was accused of shoplifting in October, dragged to a back room at the store and beaten with a belt and rubber hammer.

The attack was caught on camera and went viral which lead to a police investigation and arrests earlier this month.

David Alexander of CB Stores claimed they tried to track down the woman in the video.

He said now that she has been identified, they were ready to help.

"We feel for Esther in this time. We will be approaching her to discuss and investigate all her claims and we will support and help her as much as we possibly can."

Mankge said seeing her children watching the video was humiliating, but the footage is what led to the arrests.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa condemned the attack while the body regulating the private security industry said it was investigating the company involved.

Three of the suspects are due to apply for bail on Monday.