Shoprite Usave distances itself from assault on mother

Shoprite says Cosmo City centre management has taken full responsibility for the actions of its security personnel.

A screengrab shows a mother being assaulted in front of her toddler at a Shoprite store.

JOHANNESBURG - Shoprite says Cosmo City Centre management has taken full responsibility for the actions of its security personnel who were captured on video assaulting a patron.

The private guards were caught on camera this weekend handcuffing and manhandling a mother whose child relieved herself outside the premises.

The toddler can be heard screaming as her mother is wrestled to the ground.

Both Shoprite and Usave have distanced themselves from an assault which took place at their store in Cosmo City, saying they strongly disapprove of the behaviour.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi Malobane says private security companies need to be monitored more closely to ensure that they train their staff adequately.

She went to the store on Sunday where she revealed the guards involved in the incident are not registered with one of the industry bodies.

“The kind of guards who are appointed by this company don’t qualify to be security guards. It means this company just took anybody. We already checked that. They aren’t registered with PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority).

Director at vigilant security Qhubani Ngcongolo says while the incident is regrettable, he insists the guards are registered.

“As a company we do have an initiative where our guards have anger management courses on how to handle the public.”

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)