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Boss beat, shocked me for nothing

By Frank Maponya | Sep 23, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A Limpopo man is demanding compensation from his former employer after he was allegedly assaulted and electrocuted "for no apparent reason".

Harry Molema from Nobody village in GaMothapo had worked for a Polo-kwane-based company Electric Eel for almost a year.

He worked as an electrical assistant doing installations, connection, tubing, maintenance and wiring.

But all his efforts came to naught when his boss, Ockert Vermeulen, allegedly without any provocation, started assaulting him.

Molema, 32, said he was summoned by his boss to a container that was used as a storeroom on February 20 last year while working at a site.

He said Vermeulen was in the company of two other white employees.

His sin, he said, was to refuse to sign a contract form whose terms he did not agree with.

He said he was accused of influencing other employees to refuse to sign the forms.

Molema said he was locked inside the container with his attackers and assaulted with fists and electrocuted until he lost consciousness.

"I still don't know what I had done to deserve the kind of punishment meted out to me," said Molema.

He said since the assault, he has had hearing problems because during the electrocution his ear drum was said to be damaged.

"I now have difficulty hearing properly because my ears sound like they are filled with water and make funny sounds.

"This was a result of the vibration I endured from the electrocution," he said.

Of grave concern Molema said is that police have been dragging their feet in investigating the matter despite him reporting the case on the day of the assault.

He said Vermeulen was never arrested but was only told to show up in court.

"All I want is to be treated by specialists to offer me the best care so that my condition can go back to normal. I am really in pain," he said.

Approached for comment yesterday, Vermeulen said he had nothing to say about the matter.

He threatened to sue Molema and the paper if we published the story.

Polokwane police spokesperson Superintendent Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed that Molema had reported the matter and that they were investigating.


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