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Guard's kin want justice

By unknown | May 13, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

The family of a security guard who was fatally assaulted by whites while on duty in Mpumalanga feel let down by the justice system.

Jimmy Tapala, 34, of Mokopane in Limpopo, died about two weeks ago from injuries sustained during a brutal assault by three white men with golf clubs at the Middelburg Country Club, where he worked.

A man has been arrested and released on bail.

Tapala, an employee of the Executive Risk Control company and a shop steward of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union in Mpumalanga, was assaulted on March 15 and died on April 27 at a Pretoria hospital.

He was buried in Mokopane, Limpopo, on Saturday.

His only sin was to follow procedure to refuse anyone without access cards entry to the golf club. In this case the perpetrators allegedly refused to sign the register.

His brother Andries criticised the justice system for failing to bring those responsible for his death to book.

He said at some time in January his brother was assaulted and the justice system did nothing to bring the perpetrators to book.

"We plan to go to Middelburg to find out what is going on," he said. "We have lost a brother and father of four children and this does not seem to matter to the justice system."

Inspector Lisa Coetzee of the Middelburg police said a man and his son were arrested for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and released on bail.

She said the case was postponed to May 28.

Vusi Ntshangase, of Satawu, condemned what he described as a "racially motivated attack on Tapala and his colleagues".

Investigations by Sowetan revealed that the attack on guards by golfers appear to be a common feature.

Tapala was previously insulted, threatened with death and assaulted, but nothing was done about his complaints, Sowetan learnt.


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