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Shoprite assault: Gauteng MEC hopes guards receive harsh jail term

The private guards were caught on camera last Saturday, manhandling and handcuffing a mother whose child relieved herself outside the shop.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has welcomed the arrests of three security officers for assaulting a patron at the Shoprite Usave in Cosmo City.

The private guards were caught on camera last Saturday, manhandling and handcuffing a mother whose child relieved herself outside the shop.

The MEC says she hopes this sends a strong message that gender-based violence won’t be tolerated.

Her spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said: “Following the shocking assault incident, she is confident that with evidence at the police’s disposal, they will represent a water-tight case to ensure that these security officers receive the harshest possible terms behind bars.”

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