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'Guard fired and evicted' by his boss

By Canaan Mdletshe | Feb 15, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A WAR of words has erupted between a Dhanauser security guard and his former boss.

Adriaan Martinus, his wife Elsie and their 13-year-old disabled daughter are now living on the street after allegedly being evicted by the owner of a security company.

Martinus said he was paying R1000 a month for the shelter.

"He is the most cruel, selfish, notorious and feared person in this area. When people warned me about moving into his block of flats I never took their warnings seriously until now," Martinus said.

He said things were cordial when he worked for the man, but now that he was on the outside things were different.

"On Sunday my boss met me in town and asked me why I was not at work," he said.

"I reminded him that I don't work on Sundays. Instead, he threatened to evict me from his premises.

"I thought he was not serious until he came with four policemen. I was then also fired from my job. We have nowhere else to go to," he said.

The boss, Lall Badrinarain, denied that he had illegally evicted the Martinus family.

"Actually, I am the one who should have laid charges because he illegally moved into my premises without my permission," Badrinarain said.

He said he was in Durban when he returned to find the family in his building.

"I knew the man previously because he had worked for me but left to work for a farmer.

"He lost that job and had no place to stay and came to my premises because he knew no one was living there," he said.

He said Martinus was a "liar". "He actually tried to solicit a R20000 bribe for not going to the newspapers."

The police confirmed that officers had accompanied Badrinarain to the scene to remove Martinus.

They said no case was opened since the family had complied with the owner's wishes to leave the premises.


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