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Mauled by boss's dogs

By unknown | Feb 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

After his employer's pack of dogs had severely bitten him, Johannes Mohlala was forced to continue working despite his injuries.

Mohlala, 48, was attacked by the three canines kept at British 4x4, a motor spares company outside Mamelodi in Pretoria.

Mohlala said he was preparing to go home after work last week when his employer, Jonathan Carwood, called him back. "I was walking across the yard when he called me back. The dogs came towards me as I approached the working area and just attacked me."

He still has deep scars in his left foot and stomach. He went home still bleeding and saw a doctor the following day.

Mohlala said Carwood called him to return to work just two days after the incident. This despite the doctor's recommendation that he took five days off work to recuperate. He also said Carwood refused to sign the workmen's compensation forms for occupational injuries.

Vernon Mchunu, of the Labour Department, said Mohlala could fill in the forms even though Carwood had refused to cooperate.

Numsa spokesman Mziwakhe Hlangani said it was a legal requirement that employers complied with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. "We suggest that Mohlala open a case against the employer," he said.

Carwood, however, said Mohlala was bitten "after hours".


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